PERTH AMBOY, NEW JERSEY
HARLAN G. MENDENHALL
THE PERTH AMBOY PUBLISHING COMPANY
PERTH AMBOY, N. J.
Harlan G. MenrenHall.
the Members of
The Presbyterian Church,
perth amboy, n. j.,
HARMONY, ZEAL AND CONSECRATION
HAVE MADE POSSIBLE
OUR NEW SANCTUARY,
Authorities consulted in the preparation of
this book: Wodrow's History of the Suffer-
ings of the Church of Scotland, Whitehead's
Contributions to the Early History of Perth
Amboy, Smith's The Thirteen Colonies (G. P.
Putnam's Sons, Publishers), Webster's History
of the Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian His-
torical Almanac, and the Presbyterian Histor-
The photographs of buildings, when not
otherwise credited, were taken by Edward W.
Barnes; we are also indebted to W. R. Tobias
for courtesies of a similar kind.
CHAPTER I.— BEGINNINGS I
CHAPTER II.— THE FOUNDATION 8
CHAPTER III.— MANY CHANGES 14
CHAPTER IV.— DIFFERENCES 23
CHAPTER V. — A LONG PASTORATE 26
CHAPTER VI.— growth 31
CHAPTER VII.— expansion 35
CHAPTER VIII.— arise and build 45
THE OLD CORNERSTONE.
7THE disintegration of Cromwell's Commonwealth and the
restoration of the Stuarts, in the person of Charles II., to
the throne, not only destroyed religious liberty, but inaugurated
bitter persecution against the Independents of England and the
Presbyterians of Scotland. But the blood which reddened the
soil of Great Britain germinated the seed of a larger hope in dis-
tant lands. The intolerance of a state church made possible the
political freedom of a republic; and the men and women who,
more than two centuries ago, sailed across the Atlantic for con-
science sake, had heard God's voice as Abram heard it, — Get thee
out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's
house, unto a land that I will show thee; and I will make of thee
a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great;
and thou shalt be a blessing.
The state of New Jersey, with other sections of our country,
profited by these emigrations, and in the middle of the seven-
teenth century the Puritans had established settlements between
the Passaic and Raritan rivers; while still farther to the south,
with Shrewsbury as the chief town, the Friends had colonized.
Under the wise and beneficent government of the two proprietors,
Sir George Carteret and Lord Berkeley, who guaranteed religious
protection, established political equality and offered special land
inducements, the population rapidly increased.
In 1679 that part of the state known as East Jersey was, on
the death of Sir George Carteret, then the sole proprietor, pur-
chased by an association of twelve men; two years later the num-
ber was increased by the addition of twelve more members, who
in their religious views were largely Presbyterian and (Quaker.
2 PRESBYTKRIANISM IX PERTH AM BOY.
Among these proprietors were James, Earl of Perth; Robert
Barclay, Robert Gordon, William Penn and Gawen L-awrie.
These purchasers not only had in view the securing of an asylum
for the persecuted of their sects, but they also desired to increase
their income by the development of their investment. To this
end it was necessary to found a city which should outdistance
New York and at the same time be the capital of the growing
The proprietors selected Amboy Point as in every way suit-
able for this purpose and named it Perth, after the leading mem-
ber of the association. The first governor of the province was
Philip Carteret. In 1681 Robert Barclay succeeded him, with
Thomas Rudyard as his deputy, both Friends. The second
deputy governor was Gawen Lawrie, a Scotchman. Under his
euthusiasm and influence the new city on the Raritan was born
and his inauguration saw it as the metropolis of the New World.
Indeed, in one of his letters to his associates he wrote:
" Now is the time to send over people for settling here.
The Scots and William Dockwra's people, coming now and set-
tling, advance the Province more than it hath been advanced
these ten years. Here wants nothing but people.'*
In the meantime, while these plans were being carried for-
ward, unlooked-for events in England were shaping the destinies
of America. Jame^ II became king, and persecutions, increasing
in their fury, made life and liberty impossible to the Presby-
terians. New settlers sought these shores, not willingly, but to
escape torture and death. Among the number was Lord Neill
Campbell, whose life was threatened and whose brother, the
Marquis of Argyle, had been beheaded. He brought with him
more than fifty persons, and on his arrival was appointed deputy
governor. ' ' Rich men came over to occupy their own estates
with large families, servants and tenants. Poor men joined the
stream to take up the new life on any terms they could make. ' ' *
On September 5, 1685, a body of refugees set sail from Leith,
Scotland, whose heroism, loyalty to truth and lofty purpose are
♦Smith's Tin- Thirteen Colonies.
equaled only by that Puritan expedition which sixty-five years
earlier consecrated Plymouth Rock to God and freedom. George
Scot, laird of Pitlochie, had charge of the company of almost two
hundred souls. Within ten years he had been thrice imprisoned
and fined for attending services of the proscribed faith. He was
finally released on condition that he "go to the plantations. ' '
Many of his friends sought release from the same intolerable bur-
dens and in the same way. Others were ordered " to be trans-
ported to his Majesty's plantations in East New Jersey in the
ship lying in the road of Leith, now bounding thither. * * *
At L,eith these were re-examined by counsel; some recanted and
took an oath to James; others very weakly had friends intercede
and got off upon a bond. The rest were perpetually banished to
Before the ship sailed the following protest was signed by
those who were compelled to leave their native land:
' ' That now being to leave their own native and covenanted
land, by an unjust sentence of banishment, for owning truth and
holding by duty, and studying to keep by their covenanted en-
gagements and baptismal vows, whereby they stand obliged to
resist, and testify against all that is contrary to the word of God
and their covenants; and that their sentence of banishment ran
chiefly because they refused the oath of allegiance, which in con-
science the> T could not take, because in so doing, they thought
the}' utterly declined the Lord Jesus Christ from having any
power in his own house, and practically would, by taking it, say
he was not King and head of his church and over their con-
sciences; and, on the contrary, this was to take and put in his
room a man whose breath is in his nostrils, yea, a man that is a
sworn enemy to religion, an avowed papist, whom by our cove-
nant we are bound to withstand and disown, and that agreeably
to the Scripture, Deut. 17: 14, 15."
The vessel was small, three hundred and fifty tons, and the
voyage was tempestuous throughout. The ship sprung a leak
and was in danger of sinking; the sails were rent and the small
boats lost. "After they had turned the land end the fever began
to rage in the ship. Not a few were sick when they came aboard,
'Wodrow. The Church of Scotland.
4 l'KKSHYTKKIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
and no wonder, considering the barbarous treatment they had
met with; besides much of the flesh which the captain of the ship
had provided for the prisoners began to stink before they sailed
out of Leith road, and in a few days it was not eatable. In a
month's time the fever turned malignant, and a few or none in
the ship escaped it, insomuch that it was usual to cast overboard
three or four dead bodies in one day. Most of the ship's crew,
except the captain and boatswain, died. Pitlochie and his excel-
lent lady died likewise; and near seventy persons died at sea.
Notwithstanding of this raging sickness and great death much
severity was used toward the prisoners at sea by the master of
the ship and others; those under deck were not allowed to go
about worship by themselves, and when they assayed it the cap-
tain would throw down great planks of timber upon them to dis-
turb them, and sometimes to the danger of their lives."*
With the death of Scot the captain sought to influence the
company to sail to Virginia, and while the matter was being dis-
cussed heavy winds turned the vessel toward the Jersey coast,
and, passing Sandy Hook, the " Henry and Francis " dropped
anchor in Raritan bay. It was a bleak December day; snow was
on the ground; but when this wan and wasted company of pil-
grims set foot on shore they sang a hymn of praise to God, and
Rev. David Simson, the ship's chaplain, led them in a prayer of
The accommodations in the city were not sufficient for so
many persons, and while a few remained as permanent residents,
many settled in Woodbridge, New York and New England.
Among these emigrants were Walter Ker, who was one of the
founders of the Presbyterian Church at Freehold, and David
Jamison, who aided in the formation of the First Presbyterian
Church of New York City. Thus New Jersey became ' ' the
cradle of Presbyterianism in America."
David Simson remained as the pastor of the little flock and
died here. He was the first minister, so far as is now known,
who held religious services in Perth Ambov. This was two hun-
'Wodrow. The Church of Scotland.
dred and seventeen years ago. Another colony was brought over
in the ship "Caledonia," which landed its passengers in 171 5
and was soon after wrecked. Some of these emigrants are repre-
sented in the Crowells and Harriotts of our city.
Just when a church organization was completed, if at all, is
not known, but that one was early contemplated is evident from
the following record, which is found in the minutes of the Synod
September 17, 1724. The overture of the committee, with
reference to a supplication from some of the inhabitants of Perth
Amboy, desiring sermons sometimes, being referred to the Pres-
bytery of Philadelphia, was approved by the Synod, and Mr.
Anderson was appointed to write a letter to them and bring it in
September 18. Morning session. A letter to be sent to
Perth Amboy brought in and approved.
The "Mr. Anderson" mentioned in this minute was Rev.
James Anderson, the first settled Presbyterian pastor in New
York City, where he had gone in 17 17. The next important
item is found in the records of the Eastern Proprietors, when on
July 22, 1731, the following petition was presented:
The humble petition of some of the inhabitants of some of
the city of Perth Amboy humbly petitioneth —
To the Hon. Council of Proprietors now sitting in Perth Amboy:
WHEREAS several of your petitioners have in the old Burial
place, so called, our parents, wives and children interred, we,
your petitioners, humbly beg that your honorable house would
take into consideration and grant us a right of that piece of
ground, that we may have a right to erect a meeting-house for
the worship of God, and likewise for a Burial place; and that it
may be your Honorable Council's order that the said piece of
ground may be dedicated to the said use and no other, and your
humble petitioners will forever pray.
John Matthie, John Gaschrie,
Wm. Thompson, Thomas Ingi.is,
Thomas Loggans, James Leigh,
John Moore, John Herriott,
John Thompson, Samuel Moores,
Which petition being taken into consideration by this Board,
they are of opinion that the said piece of land do remain as for-
6 PRESBYTKRIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
merly intended for a public Burial place for the inhabitants of
this city. But that the petitioners have liberty to erect and build
a meeting-house on the southeast corner of the same, and this
Board do hereby lease, as far as in them lies, unto the said Peti-
tioners, so much of the said piece of land, in the said southeast
corner, as shall be necessary for that purpose, not exceeding one
chain square, for the term of one thousand years.
The ' ' old Burial place ' ' occupied the ground where the High
School building now stands, and for many years was called the
"Presbyterian burying ground." The above petition having
been granted, a building was erected thereon in 1735, the dedi-
cation sermon being preached by Rev. Gilbert Tennant, pastor at
New Brunswick. In 1740 the congregation united with Basking
Ridge and Staten Island, Rev. John Cross being the minister.
At his suggestion George Whitfield visited the city and held ser-
vices in the City Hall, which was always crowded, and the suc-
cess which attended his services elsewhere was seen here. He
said of Mr. Cross: " He is a dear soul, and one that the Lord de-
lights to honor. ' ' At this time Governor Morris wrote to the
Duke of NewCastle: " Perth Amboy is a poor, inconsiderable
place, and there is little probability of its being much better."
On August 2, 1742, a petition was presented to the presby-
tery of New Brunswick for the services of Rev. Charles McNight,
but this he declined. In 1761 Rev. Elihu Spencer supplied Mid-
dletown, Shrewsbury and Amboy. In October, 1762, he was
directed to spend one-fourth of his time at the latter place. Mr.
Spencer was a man of great weight in the public and ecclesiastical
affairs of the colonies. Webster says of him in his History of the
Presbyterian Church in America: "What must Spencer have
been! Loved by Brainerd and Edwards in his youth; the suc-
cessor of Dickinson and Rogers in his pastoral work; selected by
the governors of two colonies as chaplain to the forces on im-
portant expeditions; intrusted by the synod with momentous re-
sponsibilities among the new settlers in Carolina; and performing
these duties so well that, at the lapse of ten years, the Provincial
Congress called him from his distant home to allay the conscien-
tious scruples deterring the Scots from throwing off their alle-
giance to Britain."
In 1764 the church building became so dilapidated as to be-
come dangerous, and a petition was presented to the assembly
asking permission to hold a lottery for the purpose of raising
money to repair it. The recpiest was refused. During the war
of the Revolution it was used as a stable by British cavalrymen,
and about 1785 it disappeared.
It may not be out of place to state that in 1771 the Presby-
terians of the province of New Jersey, through their clergymen,
presented a petition to the council for the incorporation of a so-
ciety "for the better support and education of the widows and
children of deceased Presbyterian ministers. ' ' Governor Frank-
lin, in writing to England concerning it, objected to it on the
ground that the Presbyterians should not be granted "any other
privileges than they are entitled to by the laws of toleration;"
and that "a similar fund had been used in Pennsylvania in order
to propagate and support the Presbyterian religion among the
new settlers in different parts of the continent of North America. ' '
The council finally granted the request on condition that instead
of clergy the words minister or teacher should be said. "The
King," writes the attorney general, "can not know nor with
propriety call an}- men clergymen but those of the established
Church of England, at least in England, Ireland and these col-
onies. In acts of Parliament the ministers of dissenting congre-
gations are stiled ministers and teachers, never clergymen. I
dare say they have not the same stile with the clergy of the es-
During the Revolutionary struggle the life of our church
was severely tried, and at its close and for many years thereafter
services were held occasionally either in private houses or the
court house, which was located where the present City Hall
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
7THE opening of the next century found the Presbyterians de-
sirous of uniting in a permanent organization. Many new
settlers who had taken up their residence in the city were without
a church home of their own faith. Although the population only
numbered seven hundred souls and the ambition of the founders
had become a memory, this did not discourage those who believed
in the perseverance of the saints from rebuilding the walls of their
beloved Jerusalem. Captain John Angus was the energetic citi-
zen who breathed life into this movement. He called a meeting
of those who had faith in the project, which was held on the first
of October, 1801, and this was the result:
At a Meeting of the Subscribers for Building a Presbyterian
Church in the City of Perth Am boy, the Sum Subscribed Amount-
ing to more then Limetted on the Subscription paper, Agreeable
to public Advertising, The following Gentlemen were Unanimously
Chosen, as Managers for Receiving Subscriptions and Carrying
on the Building. John Angus,
By Order of the Meeting. David Wait, Clk.
Captain Angus appeared before the Presbytery of New York,
then in session at Woodbridge, Oct. 8, stated the case and the
following action was taken:
Captain John Angus, from the City of Perth Am boy, applied
to the Presbytery of New York in behalf of an association of
Gentlemen of that City who have it in view to build a place of
worship and to form a Presbyterian Congregation for Such aid as
the Presbytery can afford them in accomplishing their object.
Whereupon the Presbytery taking into Consideration the
once promising State of the City of Perth Amboy that there was
THE FOUNDATION. 9
formerly a Presbyterian Congregation and place of worship in it,
and its present destitute Situation with Respect to the institutions
and ordinances of Religion, desiring of testifying their approba-
tion of the commendable zeal and activity of Captain Angus and
the other Gentlemen engaged in this business, and hoping that
their endeavors may be Crowned with Success, agreed to express
their approbation of the Measure and to Recommend it to the
Attention of all Christian and charitably disposed people, as likely
to have an happy influence upon the Interests of said City and
neighborhood both in Religious and civil point of view.
Signed by order in Presbytery at Woodbridge, Oct. 8, 1801.
Henry Cook, Moderator.
Among the subscribers to this fund were Stephen Girard,
John Quincy Adams, Elias Boudinot, Lewis Claflin, Abraham
Varick, Alexander Stewart, General Ebenezer Stevens and Peter
Schermerhorn. Of this fund Philadelphia contributed $1,342,
New York City $1,058, Elizabethtown $188, and Newport and
Providence, R. I., $52. General Stevens gave the pulpit Bible
still in our possession, on which are printed the following words:
THE GIFT OF
GEN. EBENEZER STEVENS,
of new york, to the
Presbvterian'Church at Pkrth Amiiov
SEPT. 21, 1802.
Captain Angus donated the lot which is in part the site of
the present edifice, and in May, 1802, the foundation of the build-
ing, which was used until last year, was laid. The church, sixty
feet by thirty-six, was most commodious at that time and had the
largest auditorium in the city. Finished in a neat and handsome
style, it was opened for public worship on Thursday, June 9,
1803, the dedication sermon being preached by Rev. Samuel
Stanhope Smith, D. D. , president of Princeton College, from the
text, 2 Timothy II: 8.: Remember that Jesus Christ of the
seed of David was raised from the dead.
Captain John Angus, who did so much to promote this
present organization, was a Scotchman by birth and derived his
militarv title from service in the war of the Revolution. He was
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ERECTED IN 1803.
Photographed from Whitehead's History of Perth Amboy. By Tobias.
THE FOUNDATION. I I
a tall, broad-shouldered man, living in a house which is now No.
24 Smith street. Newspapers were rare a century ago, and very
few were found in the city. It is said of the good captain, who
was a subscriber, that as soon as his paper was received he ap-
peared with it on the street and, gathering a group of eager lis-
teners, read the news of the day. He died January 10, 18 17, and
lies buried in our cemetery.
David Wait, who, with Captain Angus and John Lewis, con-
stituted the first session and the first board of trustees,
was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1754. He ran away
from his native land to escape service in the army,
but the troublous times in America aroused his sympathy
and he enlisted in the Continental army. He was captured by
the British forces and incarcerated in the Barracks. When peace
was declared he became a resident in the city and his descendants
are now on the rolls of our church. He died 18 10. John Lewis
was a carpenter. He died 18 15. General James Harriott took
an active interest in the organization and did much to bring it
about. He united on profession of his faith March 29, 1804.
He was an early trustee and in 18 14 became an elder. Being a
builder, he erected the church and also the manse. He early
displayed a fondness for military tactics, and was called captain
in 1800. He was a general in the war of 18 12. He identified
himself with the city's interests and was postmaster in 1830. The
postoffice was in his residence, which is the building at 130
Rector street. Here he died November 13, 1848.
In January, 1802, a congregational meeting was held for the
election of a pastor, and Rev. Elias Riggs, a licentiate of the
presbytery of New York, was chosen. Mr. Riggs was born at
Mendham, N. J., April 1, 1770, and graduated at Princeton Col-
lege in 1795, where he remained as tutor for one year. He
studied theology privately, was married in 1801 to Mrs. Margaret
Condar, widow of Daniel Hudson, of Newark, and removed to
Perth Amboy in 1803, where he began his labors on Sunday,
March 7. The next day he opened an academy, for he was to be
a teacher as well as preacher, and in this building Sabbath ser-
vices were held until the church was completed. He was or-
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dained August 2, and acted as pastor until October, 1806, when
he became pastor at New Providence (West Summit), N. J. He
was installed June 10 of the year following, and remained in this
charge until his death, which occurred February 25, 1825, under
the following circumstances: "He attended with his son Elias,
then a lad fifteen years old, a funeral in a distant part of his par-
ish. A heavy snow had fallen, and, on their way home, the
horse taking fright, the sleigh was upset and its occupants thrown
into a snow bank. A heavy cold was contracted, which devel-
oped pneumonia, and in eight days he died. This was on the
day and at the hour appointed for a lecture preparatory to the
celebration of the Lord's Supper. The following Sabbath in-
stead of the communion the members attended his funeral. "He
was a man of scholarly tastes, a godly man and faithful pastor,
and commanded by his exemplary life and conversation the affec-
tions of his people and respect of the community." Of his six
children two became eminent clergymen, Rev. Joseph L,., a pastor
in Elmira, N. Y., and Rev. Elias, D.D., IX. D., for thirty-two
years a missionary in Persia; and two of his daughters became
the wives of clergymen, Rev. J. G. Montfort, D.D., of Cincin-
nati, and Rev. Joseph L,. Potter, D.D., missionary in Persia; and
this blessing has been given to his grandchildren.
In his work of three and a half years Mr. Riggs laid the
foundations strong and deep, and not only saw completed and
dedicated the building in which his people worshiped with com-
paratively few changes for a century, but also received into mem,-
bership twenty-seven persons. There were only two church or-
ganizations in the city at that time, and a feeling of fraternity
existed between them, as is evident from this action of the ses-
sion, which is dated Oct. 25, 1804:
' ' In consecpience of the Episcopalians having appointed
Thursday, the first of Nov. to be observed by them, as a day of
public thanksgiving, Agreed, that we recommend to the members
of our congregation, to abstain on that day from such work as
might tend to disturb their devotion."
The salary of the minister was not large, the only subscrip-
tion list found showing one hundred and seventy-four dollars as
the full amount for one year, and at the end of the year sixty-
THE FOUNDATION. 1 3
four dollars had not been paid. Whatever other income Mr. Riggs
received came from the fees of students in the academy, but even
this account shows an indebtedness for the first year of twenty-
14 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AM BOY.
ZTHE church was vacant for one year when the Rev. John Keys
accepted an invitation to act as supply. Mr. Keys was
born at Wilton, New Hampshire, August 28, 1778. His father,
a soldier in the Continental army, was in the battle of Fort Ti-
conderoga. The son entered Dartmouth College and graduated
in 1803; taught school in New York City one year, and then re-
moved to Morristown, N. J., where he studied theology under
Rev. James Richards, D.D. The presbytery of New York, in
session at Orangedale, N. J., October 3, 1805, licensed him to
preach; and the same presbytery ordained him in Perth Amboy
August 4, 1807. He remained here, however, only one year.
In 1808 he was pastor at Sand Lake, near Albany, N. Y., where
he remained four years. He resided in Albany for two years,
and in 18 14 was pastor of the Congregational church of Wolcott,
Connecticut. His next pastorate was in the Congregational
church at Tallmadge, Ohio, beginning in 1S23 and closing in
in 1832. He then supplied churches for brief seasons in Ohio,
Illinois, Missouri and Iowa. He died at Dover, Ohio, January
21, 1867. The year before coming to Perth Amboy he was mar-
ried to Miss May Carmichael, of Morristown. Mr. Keys "was
an industrious, hard-working man, though to labor in the cause
of Christ was delightful to his soul. He was a prayer loving
Christian, making many matters subjects of special prayer that
are often merely referred to in general terms; owing to the weight
of years reducing the tone of his sytem, he was at times despond-
ent, but his last end was peace, his last words being, — 'O,
wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body
of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.' "*
♦Presbyterian Historical Almanac.
The year of Mr. Keys' residence in this city was a dis-
couraging time. The session regarded it with sorrow, as we
conclude from the following record made in January, 1808:
' ' There being no business before us, some time was passed
in free conversation concerning the low state of religion among
us. The remainder of the evening was then spent in humbly im-
ploring the Iyord of life to regard us in mercy, and if it could be
consistent with his sovereign will, to send us also His Holy Spirit
as he has done to neighboring churches."
In 1808 Rev. Daniel Hopkins supplied the pulpit. In this
year Mrs. Doziah Blood good, wife of William Blood good, became
a member of the church. She was born in 1779 and died the old-
est member at the time of her death, and the oldest inhab-
itant of the city. From 1829 to 1847 she was a member of the
Woodbridge church, but in the latter year her membership was
renewed with this organization, making her term of service fifty-
three years. In December, 1879, she celebrated her one hun-
dredth birthday and at this anniversary there were present her
seven living children aged respectively eighty years, seventy-
seven, seventy-four, seventy-two, sixty-nine, sixty-six and fifty-
nine ; grandchildren, great-
grandchildren and two great-
great-grandchildren. At this
celebration she sang in a clear
and distinct voice, "My Days
are Gliding Swiftly By. ' ' She
died February, 1880.
The first pastor of the church
was Rev. Peter Stryker, who
was installed November 20,
1809, Rev. Mr. Pictou
preaching the sermon from
I. Corinthians, II: 2 : For I
determined not to know any-
thing among you save Jesus
Christ and him crucified.
Rev. A. Roe, D. D., pre-
REV. PETER STRYKER.
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sided and gave the charge to the pastor, and Rev. Mr. Carll
the charge to the people. New life and new hopes had come
back to the church when suddenly the next year Mr. Stryker
was recalled to his former congregations at Belleville and Stone
House Plains, the reason given being ' ' the peculiar circum-
stances of his present situation." In going, which he did in
December, he expressed regret " at leaving a people whose
affectionate regards and marked attention have laid me under
great obligations ever to esteem and love them.
This brief pastorate cannot be allowed to pass without a more
detailed reference to the man who in his short life in this city
left a blessing which continued for many years. He was born in
New Brunswick, New Jersey, December 23, 1763, of ancestors
who came from Holland in 1652, and who held honorable posi-
tions in the community and were devoted members of the Dutch
Church. He early became a believer in the Christian religion.
Young Peter was a fifer in the army of the Revolution. He was
a student at Columbia University; licensed May 8, 1788, and be-
came pastor of a church on Staten Island. Here he remained
until 1794, when he was called to the Reformed Dutch Church of
Belleville; from this church he was called to Perth Amboy, but
returning to Belleville in 18 10 he remained until 18 12, ill health
compelling him to resign. He died March 16, 1847. He was a
refined, dignified gentleman of the old school, and a strong man
in his denomination. Although retired from the active pastorate,
he was not idle, but sought avenues for advancing the Redeemer's
kingdom. In 18 15 he mad^ a missionary tour of eleven months
in all kinds of weather to Easton, up the Susquehanna valley,
across to Troy and down the Hudson. His sou Harmons, grand-
son Peter and his great-grandson-in-law. Rev. W. W. Conner,
have all preached in the Bellvelle church, Mr. Conner being the
present pastor. The grandson, Rev. Peter Stryker, D. D., was
for many years a much beloved minister in the Presbyterian de-
nomination. He was, however, pastor of the Reformed Dutch
church at Asbury Park when he died in 1900.
We can see this pastor of the long ago as with stately mien
he entered the door and walked to the winding stairs which led
MANY CHANGES. I 7
to the pulpit. These he ascended and seated himself in the an-
tique chair. It was a curious place, that pulpit, stuck high up
like a tiny box at the east end of the church. Above it was a
sounding board, and on top of this was perched a "gilt dove."
An hour glass measured the length of the sermon. The pews
were box in shape, with backs so high that the children had
great difficulty in seeing the preacher. Doors shut in the occu-
pants during service. In the winter bricks and soap-stones were
heated and placed in the pews in lieu of the modern stove.
The geese, a common product of the city, had no regard for the
Sabbath, but browsed around for pickings as on other days.
Often their cackling, as the noise came through the open doors
and windows, so disturbed the congregation that the sex-
ton would rush out and drive them away. Dogs re-
garded the day with more solemnity, and, seeking their mas-
ters through the same open doors, were welcomed to their pews.
The communicants were seated at tables extending the length of
the aisles, and tokens were deposited by those who participated
before the elements were passed.
The minister having no permanent home, the church in 1808
decided to build a manse. A subscription was made that year,
and although the house was occupied the year following the costs
continued until 18 1 7. The original cost was $1884, exclusive of
the lot which was another donation from Captain Angus. That
parsonage had a long drawn out expense account, as is seen in
looking over the bills which the trustees paid. Perhaps some of
the material which aided in the construction, had much to do
with the interminable cost, for the word "spirit" occurs very
often among the charges. Following in quick succession in one
account are the items "1 quart spirits, 6 lb white lade, 1 lb putty,
1 lbneils." Workmen were paid one dollar a day. Hard brick
were worth fifty shillings a thousand and soft brick twenty-five
shillings. It cost "towe shilings pur pose for seder posts," five
dollars for "diging seller," one dollar and twenty-five
cents for " blowiu stone," and twelve shillings for
" plasterin hare."
In 1 8 10 a "celler drean under said house" was dug ; the
PRESBYTERIANP3M IN PERTH AMBOY.
next year "one sistern ;" and the year following an "ovan."
Then the ' 'seller of the parsonage house' ' had to be filled up with
sand and the "kitchen harth" laid. Six years after its supposed
completion it needed a new coat of paint; a fence was built, and
in their anxiety for the minister's welfare the trustees had ne-
glected the church. This called for attention and money was ex-
pended for "conducting the bell rope through sealing of gallery,"
THE PARSONAGE, 1809-1869.
repairing the "steple," painting the building at a cost of two
hundred dollars and putting posts into the "burying ground."
This house is now 101 Rector street.
Rev. Joshua Young of the Congregational council of Maine
supplied the church for six months in the fall and winter of 1S14.
The next year Rev. Elias Riggs was re-called on a salary of $300
and the use of the parsonage, but this call he declined. In 18 16
Rev. Joseph Bishop Andrews became stated supply. He occupied
this relation until June 16, 18 19, when he was installed as pastor.
At this service Rev. Samuel H. Cox of Mendham preached the
sermon from Romans I: 16, — For I am not ashamed of the gos-
pel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every-
one that believeth ; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Dr. Andrews was born at Southington, Connecticut, March
r 7> x 775 : graduated at Yale College, 1797 ; married August 17,
1801, Miss May Bissell of Windsor, who died December 24, 1848.
He became a licentiate June 5, 1799, and was ordained pastor in
Killingworth, April 12, 1802. In 181 1 he removed to New York
City, where he established a
private school, and organized
a Sabbath scbool in the vicin-
ity of Franklin street and
Broadway. He also studied
medicine, graduating at the
College of Physicians and
Surgeons, March n, 1816.
This was the year he entered
upon work in this church.
His pastorate terminated De-
cember 19, 1822. He re-
mained here for some time,
practising medicine, acting as
health officer of the port, and
in 1S29 was president of the
Middlesex County Medical
Society. He then removed
to his old home in Connecti-
cut where he resided for many years, representing his town in
1836 in the legislature. His home after that was in New York
City; he died April 26, 1853, aQ d is buried in Alpine Cemetery.
Dr. Andrews was a linguist and scholar and a man of intense
energy and perseverance. He believed in total abstinence at a
REV. J. B. AXDREWS, M. D.
20 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
time when it was unpopular to advocate such a cause ; he spared
not in his denunciations against intemperance ; and members
were disciplined for their overindulgence in intoxicating liquors.
His granddaughter, Mrs.Sarah A.Whitman, resides in New York
City. Her father, Dr. Solomon Andrews, was a physician in this
city for many years.
The population of Perth Amboy in 1820 was about eight hun-
dred, and of this number thirty persons were slaves. From very
early days it was desirable that the "province have a constant
and sufficient supply of merchantable negroes, at moderate rates,
in money or commodities. ' ' * Many advertisements were inserted
in the papers offering rewards for runaway slaves. Two negroes
were burned at the stake in our city for murder, and fears of an
uprising were frequent. But from the time above mentioned by
an act of the legislature slavery gradually passed away. The
stocks opposite the church in the Square, where drunkards, wife-
beaters and other offenders were punished, were in use. In the
centre of the Square the old market stood, where on Tuesdays
and Saturdays the farmer with his produce and his fowls and the
butcher with his meats welcomed their customers. This building
was divided into two sections running east and west, each fifty
feet long and twenty wide, seperated by the walks which now
divide Market Square ; and on other days the children as they
came out of the old Court House turned it into a gymnasium.
Where the Packer House stands was Arnold's City Hotel, a pub-
lic house which was erected before the Revolution, and at that
period was the chief hostelry of the city. Washington stopped
here on his visit to Amboy in 1776, as did Adams, Franklin and
Rutledge when they were on their way to meet L,ord Howe at
the Billop House Conference. The walls of this old building are
doing service now as in the years gone by.
Many of our streets had not the same names that designate
them in our day, as for example, Gordon was Gully street; Rec-
tor, Cross street; Fayette, South Dock street; Commerce, North
Dock street; and State, Backstreet. The Barracks were used by
* Smith's New Jersey.
22 PRESBYTKRIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
Dr. Solomon Andrews as a manufactory for government locks.
The Westminster Home was the residence of Matthias Bruen,
reputed to be at that time the wealthiest citizen of the United
States. He had long been a member of this congregation and
early identified himself with its interests. His home had within
its walls many costly paintings and rare pieces of statuary. John
Jacob Astor was a frequent guest and on one occasion visited and
addressed the Sabbath School. The modes of traveling were
primitive compared with our day. A small steamboat conveyed
passengers to New York. The schedule time was four hours,
leaving here at nine o'clock and arriving at one in the afternoon.
The stasre coach was used instead of the railroad and trollev car.
|T were better no doubt if this chapter could be omitted, but a
true history of this church can not be given without at least
a cursory glance at the unfortunate state of affairs which existed
for almost eight years, causing alienation, the interference of
presbytery, the action of the General Assembly and the with-
drawal of members to other denominations. Just how these dif-
ferences began it is difficult at this period of time to determine,
but the presumption is in favor of a statement made by one of
the witnesses in court, viz. : The remarks made by the minister
who was then pastor against the prevailing sin of intemperance
in the congregation. Some of the members had been guilty of
intoxication and the reproof was of too personal a character.
Misunderstanding grew until the session and trustees were in
conflict. The latter sought to direct the congregation and
usurped the duties of the elders. Finally two boards of trustees
were acting and the case was appealed to presbytery.
Ministers were sent by this body to supply the church but
in 1824 the conflict was so bitter that their supplies were not al-
lowed to preach in the building. Each board of trustees had
locked the doors, and neither would remove their lock lest the
opposition might take an undue advantage. Then the case was
taken to the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Among the lawyers
engaged on the case was the Hon. Theodore Frelinghuysen. For
one year this state of affairs existed. Sendees were held at the
academy and in private houses ; and each side fought with an
energy worthy a better cause. Beside the members of presbytery
who were sent on special Sundays, other ministers were engaged
for short periods.
24 PRKSBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
Among the ministers were Rev. Michael Osborne for six
months, 1823-4, who was then called to the pastorate of the
Metuchen chnrch ; Mr. Jeptha Harrison, a licentiate of the pres-
bytery of Newark; Mr. Henry G. Ludlow, a student at Princeton
Seminary ; Rev. Abner C. Morse, for six months in 1826, and
Rev. Nathaniel A. Wilson, 1828-31. Mr. Wilson's influence was
most marked and in his residence of two years and a half he did
much to bring order out of chaos. He was born at Elizabeth
and united with the First Church at fourteen years of age; grad-
uated at Princeton college, 1823, and Princeton Seminar}', 1826.
He was licensed October 5 and ordained in this church April 29,
1828. Rev. William Gray preached the sermon from Proverbs
n: 30, — The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that
winneth souls is wise. Rev. David Magie, D. D., presided and
gave the charge to the minister. Mr. Wilson's health failing, he
removed to Philadelphia in 1831, where he became pastor of the
Fairmount Church, but he died that year. He was followed by
Rev. Peter H. Shaw, who came from the presbytery of New
York. Rev. David R. Gillmer of the Congregational church sup-
plied in 1834.
The members of the church felt very deeply their position
before God and in this city, and the session met once a month
"for the purpose of imploring the Great Head of the Church and
the influences of His grace to heal the division, to quicken and
enliven both ourselves and the members." The state of piety
was very low. Many members absented themselves from the
services. A committee of session waited on the absentees and
tried to reconcile the differences. Revs. John McDowell, D. I).,
and David Magie, D. D. , of Elizabeth were sent by presbytery to
seek ways by which harmony might be restored. A special day
of prayer both in private and this church was appointed, but it
was not until the summer of 1830 that peace came. A compro-
mise was reached between the parties in which both agreed to
cease their contentions, unite in the election of a new board of
trustees and the support of the church. The law suit was with-
drawn, both parties uniting in paying the costs, and the
election of trustees took place harmoniously and unanimously.
For twelve years ministers came and went and for four years the
church sought to restore its energies after the discussion which
almost destroyed it. It is a surprise it did not die altogether,
but the prayers of the few who took no part in the controversy
brought the healing and harmouv.
26 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
A LONG PASTORATE.
SHE sky was now brightening and better days had come. The
man for the occasion was the Rev. Benjamin Cory. A
congregational meeting was held on March 30, 1835, and a call
made for Mr. Cory's services. It was signed by James Harriott,
Charles Ford and Samuel R. Ford, elders, and John Young,
Benjamin Maurice, David Crowell, George Hampton, William J.
Ford and Edwin Ford, trustees ; Rev. Shepard K. Kollock mod-
erating the meeting. The salary promised was three hundred
dollars per anum "and as much more as can be raised by the
congregation together with the use of the parsonage." Benjamin
Cory was born near Westfield, New Jersey, February 24, 1807.
In early youth he accepted a
position in a store in Eliza-
beth and during a revival in
the First Presbyterian Church
was converted and soon
after entered Princeton
College, from which he
graduated in 1832. He was
licensed 1834 and ordained
and installed pastor of this
church, May 6, 1835. Rev.
H. \V. Hunt of Metucheu
preached the sermon, Rev.
Lewis Bond of Plainfield pre-
sided and gave the charge to
the pastor and Rev. Thomas
REV. benjamin CORY. L- Janeway of Rahway, the
A LONG PASTORATE. 2 J
charge to the people. Mr. Cory had a twin brother named
Joseph and these young men graduated from college
in the same class, studied theology together, were li-
censed at the same time and ordained at the same session of pres-
Quietly and patiently was the work carried on, and each
year showed an increase in membership and income. The roll
had on it in 1835 only twenty-six active members, but when this
ministry closed there were one hundred additional members.
Two blessed revivals aided in this result, the first in 1837 when
twenty-one persons united and the other in 1855 when forty-
seven members were received. This ingathering was brought
about largely through the earnest prayers of the session which
had for its members Samuel G. Woodbridge, Daniel Selover,
Cornelius Selover and C. C. Pierson. Without even the knowl-
edge of the pastor meetings were held at the close of Sunday
services to pray for a revival. Soon there was heard "the sound
of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees" and Mr. Cory was
urged to call a public meeting in the lecture room for prayer.
The little room was thronged ; then other meetings followed with
different pastors to help in the preaching and the result was seen
in many conversions.
The salary was increased in 1840 to $400 and in 1855 to
$600. The most marked change was in the addition of the Sun-
day School or session room which was built in 1850 on the lot
north of the church. This was used until ten years ago when it
was sold to the Swedish Congregational church as a place of
worship. It is located on Gordon street near State. The com-
munion table's were discarded and elements distributed as is now
In the interior of the building the "gilt dove" came down
with its perch, and a pulpit of modern style was built with a sofa
instead of chairs for the minister's comfort. Stoves took the
place of the heated bricks. One was bought and another bor-
rowed. So much comfort was derived from the experiment that
in 1838 two large wood stoves were purchased and placed in the
northwest and southeast corners. One pipe ran the entire length
THE CHURCH AND. SESSION ROOM, 1850-1869.
A LONG PASTORATE.
of the building, and one Sabbath morning during the delivery of
the sermon the wire holding it in place broke, and down came
pipe, soot and sparks of fire upon the heads of the worshipers.
Consternation soon gave place to laughter at the ridiculous ap-
pearance of those who received the full benefit of the baptism.
The sermon was not resumed.
The box pews were displaced with new ones of more modern
design. The choir occupied the gallery over the entrance
and there soon came an evolution in the musical instruments
used, with the tuning fork no longer holding first place. It dis-
appeared before a bass viol played by Dr. L. D. Morse and the
flute by Edward Crowell. The next change was to a melodeon so
small that James Crowell, its possessor, carried it to and from his
home every Sunday. The congregation finally was rich enough
to purchase its own reed organ, with James Crowell as organist.
But its introduction brought about unlooked-for complications,
for no interludes or preludes could be played without offending
some of the officers. The choir in 1859 was composed of Dr.
Morse, Edward Crowell, Robert Freeman, David F. Wait,
Thompson Wait and Misses Anna See, Jennie Dunham, S. M.
Freeman, Sarah Crowell, Amelia Crowell and Rachel Hull.
It was a very serious offence in those far away years for
members of the church to engage in the "ungodly sin of danc-
ing," and offenders were waited upon by the elders and "urged
to refrain." The principal amusement of the winter was the
donation party at the parsonage when young and old gathered
with edible gifts which they helped to sample, but left enough
for the minister and his family for a few days thereafter. Money
was also contributed. The Sunday School gave "exhibitions"
in the City Hall. Until the lecture room was built the prayer
meetings were held in private houses. Sunday service was held
morning and afternoon, but on the first Sunday evening of each
month a missionary concert was given. A Bible class was taught
during the week by Mr. Cory.
On Sabbath, June 17, i860, Mr. Cory resigned, but the con-
gregation did not act upon it, and then only with reluctance, un-
til September 24. His next pastorate was the First Church of
30 PRKSBYTKRIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
Plainfield, where he remained five years and then removed to
Elizabeth, where he resided until he died, March 18, 1888, in the
eighty-second year of his age. For fifty-three years he was a
member of this presbytery. Despite his advancing age and conse-
quent weakness, he gave earnest and useful public service to the
last of life. He was married November 18, 1835, to Miss Man-
Crane, who died November, 1901. Two children survive — Mrs.
Dr. F. W. Seward, of Goshen, New York, and Mrs. I. C. Kiggins,
ZTHE Church had grown in strength and usefulness and was
not long vacant. A congregational meeting was held Octo-
ber 1 1, i860, for the election of a pastor, and Rev. Charles Clark
Wallace of Tremont, New York, was unanimously chosen. He
was received by Presbytery October 29, and installed on the even-
ing of that day. Rev. Benjamin Cory presided. Rev. V.
EeRoy Lock wood of Railway preached the sermon from the text,
Isaiah 60: i, — Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory
of the Lord is risen upon thee. Rev. Edward B. Edgar of
Westfield charged the pastor and Rev. Gardiner S. Plumley of
Metuchen the people.
Mr. Wallace was born in
New York City, June 3, 1832. He
prepared for college at Cornelius
Institute, entered New York
University in 1849, taking the
full course, and graduated at
Union Seminary, 1856. In June
of that year he was ordained
and installed by the presbytery
of New York as pastor at Tre-
mont where he had done mis-
sionary work during his semin-
ary course. There he remained
until coming to Perth Amboy.
The first act of this new pas-
torate was to arouse enthusiasm
REV. CHAS. C. WALLACE, D. D.
32 PRESBYTER I ANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
in missions. ' ' The first Monday evening of each month was set
apart as a season for engaging in the concert of prayer for mis-
sions," the time that is now used for that purpose. Regular
Sabbaths were designated for taking collections for benevolent
objects, and the offering on communion Sabbath was appropriated
for the poor and the expenses of the session. Inspired by Mr.
Wallace's fraternal feeling union services were held with the Bap-
tist and Methodist Churches in observing the week of prayer,
which is now "the custom. A precious revival stirred the
Church in 1862, twenty-two persons uniting at one time. A
Church manual was published in this year, giving a history of
the Church with the list of members of the congregation. The
evening Sabbath service was begun and the afternoon service
In December, 1863, Mr. Wallace announced his resignation,
that he might accept a call to Placerville, California. This was
accepted on the twenty-first of the same month, presbytery ac-
quiesced on the twenty-ninth and on Sunday, January 3, 1863, Mr.
Wallace preached his last sermon and declared the pulpit vacant.
Dr. Wallace, (he received his degree from Rutgers College,)
remained in California until 1868. After a short pastorate at
Watertown, N. Y., he was called to Mahopac Falls in 1S71. Here
he remained for ten years. He then received a call to the his-
toric Old South Church of Newburyport, Massachusetts, which
was his last pastorate and which he resigned in 1888 on account
of failing health. One year was passed in Florida and, returning
to New England, he died December 22, 1889. He is buried at
Westfield, New Jersey. He married Miss Mary Sutherland
Bayley of Newbury, Vermont, November 15, i860, who, with one
daughter, survives him, living at Newbury. This pastorate was
during the trying years of the Civil War, but the Church was
carried successfully through the crisis. Dr. Wallace was a most
efficient worker, a sensible, earnest preacher, faithful pastor and
in all his relations a Christian gentleman. He was a frequent
contributor to religious magazines and journals. In 1887 he was
elected moderator of the Synod of New York.
For six months many candidates had appeared and meetings
of the congregation had been held, but no unanimous action could
had. Rev. James A. Little of the Third New York Presbytery
was invited to supply the Church for nine months, which he did,
but his labors were so successful that only half the time had
elapsed when he was elected pastor. The meeting held for this
purpose was on March 23, 1865. On April 27 he was installed.
Rev. G. S. Plumley of Metuchen presided and preached the ser-
mon from Ezra 7: 10, — For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek
the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes
and judgments. Rev. G. C. Lucas of Woodbridge gave the
charge to the pastor and Rev. E. H. Reinhart the charge to the
James Andrew Little was born in New York City, July 20,
1837; graduated from the College of the City of New York, 1854
and Union Theological Seminary, 1859, having been a resident
graduate of the college one year and a teacher in Wooster street
public school one year. For two years he supplied pulpits in
New York City and vicinity and in July, 1861, he became stated
supply of the Church at
Canastota, New York, having
been ordained by his own pres-
bytery. Thence he came to
Perth Amboy. His pastorate
ended the last Sabbath in May,
1868, and on March 27, 1869,
he entered upon his long and
successful pastorate at Hoken-
dauqua, Pennsylvania, where
his bow still abides in strength.
No communion service has
passed without additions to
the roll of the Church. He
has a united congregation,
happy family and is beloved
by the people of the Lehigh
Valley. He received the
degree of doctor of divinity
REV. JAMES A. LITTLE, D. D.
34 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
from Lafayette College in 1887. He married November 12, 1868,
Miss Sarah J. Cooper of New York City. There have been
born to them two sons, James E. of Harrisburg, Pa. , and John
L. of Allentown, Pa., and three daughters.
During Dr. Little's ministry many were added to the
Church. The parsonage was renovated and greatly improved
and negotiations were begun at the suggestion of William Hall,
who for sixteen years was trustee and for nearly that period
Church treasurer, for the sale of the Presbyterian burying
FOR one year or from the departure of Dr. Little the pulpit was
supplied by Rev. John F. Pingry, Ph.D., of Elizabeth, New
Jersey. Dr. Pingry was born September 26, 1818, at Newbury-
port, Massachusetts. He graduated at Dartmouth College, 1836,
was a student in Union Theological Seminary, 1 840-1, and was
ordained to the ministry, June 28, 1842, at Fishkill, New York,
where he was pastor four years. But his chief work was that of
teaching, in which he made
marked success. He was
principal of academies in Fish-
kill, Newark and Elizabeth,
in the latter city extending
from 1 86 1 to the time of his
death, February 16, 1894.
However, during these many
years he preached as oppor-
tunity offered in vacant
churches, and when he went
from here so blessed was his
work that the Church was
united and ready to call a
permanent pastor. This call
was extended to Rev. Aaron
Peck at a meeting held July
22, 1S69. He began his work
in December of that year and was installed January 19, 1870.
Rev. Benjamin Cory presided; Rev. H. h. Teller of Plainfield
preached the sermon from Pslam 96: 6, — Honor and majesty
REV. JOHN I". PINGRY
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. The
charge to the pastor was given by Rev. Everard Kempshall, D.D.,
of Elizabeth, and the charge to the people by Rev. J. F. Pingry,
Aaron Peck was born in Orange, New Jersey, June 7, 1836.
His preparatory studies for college were under the supervision of
Rev. D. H. Pierson, D. D., of
Elizabeth. His college was
Princeton, where he graduated
in the class of '57. While a
student there he made a public
confession of his faith in the
Roseville Church, near New-
ark, at the age of twenty. In
1858 he entered Princeton
Seminary, but spent the next
three years in Union Semin-
ary where he graduated in
1864. He was licensed by the
presbytery of Newark, April
19, 1864, and spent three
years as district secretary of
the American Sunday School
Union, and as supply of
churches in Cleveland, Ohio, at the expiration of which service
he removed to Perth Ambo}'.
The coming of Mr. Peck infused new life into the congrega-
tion and started it upon an era of prosperity. The old building
which had stood without many changes for almost seventy years,
was remodeled and made more comfortable. The lofty spire gave
place to a cupola, and an organ alcove in the rear of the pulpit
and a new vestibule at the entrance were built. The other
changes were the removal of the gallery, elevation of the ceiling,
decoration of the walls, replacing of the old windows with
stained glass, painting the outside of the church and a
furnace taking the place of the stoves. A pipe organ was
also bought, new hymn books were introduced and a pul-
REV. AARON PECK.
pit and chairs donated. The cost of these improvements
amounted to ten thousand dollars. To defray these expenses the
manse in Rector street was sold for three thousand dollars; the
burying ground on State street for one thousand dollars and the
remainder subscribed or provided for by bond and mortgage.
At a congregational meeting held on February 22, 1871, the
rotary system of electing elders was adopted instead of an active
THE CHURCH AND CHAPEL, 1870.
service for life, and the elders are now chosen for a term of five
years. The time of celebrating the Lord's Supper was changed
from the first to the second Sunday of January, April, July
and October, which is the time now set apart for the celebration
38 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
of the sacrament. The next important change was in the finan-
cial affairs of the Church. At a meeting of the congregation in
1873 it was decided to dispense with pew rentals and depend upon
the pledged monthly collections. To each family a pew was
assigned by the trustees. This plan continued until 1900. Dur-
ing the pastorate sixty persons were received into membership;
and in an historical sermon preached in July, 1876, which was
printed, Mr. Peck gave this interesting statement:
' ' To-day the Church is better temporally and spiritually
than in days gone by. There never has been a time in the his-
tory of the Church when there was truly less defection in Christ-
ian life than now. Never a time, when, if the memory of those
who knew the Church in its childhood and youth be not faulty,
the congregations were larger, or its benefactions more num-
In 1870 the present Board of Education was constituted
with Mr. Peck as president, in whice office he served for six
years, and the first public school building in our city was erected,
the schools using heretofore the City Hall for that purpose.
In the fall of 1874 on account of ill health Mr. Peck re-
signed, but this the congregativn refused to accept. A six
months' vacation was granted, with Rev. S. C. Hay of Wood-
stock, Illinois, as a supply. At another time the pulpit was sup-
plied by Rev. James G. Patterson, D. D., of New T York City.
On September 2, 1877, his resignation was again offered and ac-
cepted in October. From October 14, 1878, to November 2, 1881,
Mr. Peck was pastor of the First Church, Williamsburg, Brook-
lyn, New York. In October, 1883, he took up his residence in
New York City, where he did efficient w r ork in the missions for
the lowly and suffering. He died July 3, 1901. On June 16,
1859, Mr. Peck married Miss Julia Manning, who with one
daughter survives him.
On December 1, 1878, Rev. Norman W. Cary became the
stated supply of the Church and continued in this relation until
April, 1880. Mr. Cary is a native of New 7 York City. He was
a student at Phillips Academy, Andover, Yale College, (class of
1870,) and Princeton Theological Seminary (class of 1873).
His license came from the presbytery of Philadelphia,
t»72, and the next year by the same presbytery he was ordained.
Mr. Cary came to this Church from Bismarck, North Dakota,
and after his faithful service
here he accepted a call to Still-
water, Minnesota. He has
been also pastor at Grand
Forks, North Dakota and
Moorhead, Minnesota; profes-
sor at Fargo, North Dakota,
Wilson College, Pennsylvania,
and the Michigan Military
Academy. He is at present
secretary of the Wayne Coun-
ty Sabbath School Association
of Michigan and actuary of
the Citizens' Life Insurance
Company with a residence
in Detroit. Mr. Cary married
Miss Hannah S. Craig, July
The next year after he came to the Church a revival — one
of the greatest in our history — stirred the city and as a result
thirty-one persons united at one communion season.
In July, 1880, Rev. David Stevenson, D. D., was chosen pas-
tor. Dr. Stevenson was born in Newry, County Down, Ireland,
in 1820 and came to this country when quite young, residing at
Cambridge, New York, where he united with the church. He
spent two years at Princeton College in the class of '47 and was
a student in Princeton Seminary. He was licensed by the pres-
bytery of Elizabethtowm April 18, 1850, and ordained an evangel-
ist by the presbytery of Indianapolis, June 11, 1851. He resided
in Indiana until 1877, being pastor of the following churches in
that state: Knightstown, 185 1-2; Third, Indianapolis, 1852-60;
Union, 1862-3; Eighth, Indianapolis, 1871-2. He was librarian of
the state for two vears and in 1864 published " Indiana's Roll of
Honor and Patriotic Dead." He removed to Branchville, N. J.,
where he was pastor from January 1, 1878, until 1880, when he
REV. NORMAN W. CARY.
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY
accepted the call to the church at Perth Amboy. Dr. Stevenson
was installed October 15, 1880, Rev. E. Kempshall, D. D., pre-
sided and gave the charge to
the people. Rev. J. G. Mason,
D. D., the charge to the pas-
tor and Rev. John Ewing
preached the sermon. His
pastorate of this Church con-
tinued for four years, or until
October, 1884, and these years
are lovingly remembered by
all who were in connection
with the Church at that time.
He was a perfect gentleman
and manly man through and
through, ever charactized by
true courtesy. His grasp of
gospel truth was very clear
and his method of putting it
enegetic, masterful and
eloquent. His direct and earnest style and persuasive tone,
brought him into close sympathy with his hearers and made his
preaching highly effective, and the result was seen in the conver-
sion of many souls.
The churches which Dr. Stevenson afterward served were,
the First, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, from 1884 to 1886 and
Gloucester, N. J., from 1889 to July, 1895, when he was honora-
bly retired from the active work of the ministry. He was much
beloved by his brother ministers and was conscientious in the
discharge of his duties as a presbyter. As a commissioner he rep-
resented his presbyteries in the general assemblies of Charleston,
1852; New Orleans, 1858; Indianapolis, 1859 and Saratoga
Springs, 1890. He died October 25, 1901. He was twice mar-
ried, — September 15, 185 1, in Indianapolis to Miss Mary P.
Alvord who died in 1868; and in Perth Amboy, December 6,
1887, to Miss Adele Manning. Dr. Stevenson returned to this
city in 1899 and was most usefnl in teaching the children in our
REV. DAVID STEVENSON, D
Sabbath school and instrumental in enlarging the chapel at
Bonhamtown. During his pastorate he was superintendent of
schools and did much to advance the standard of teaching.
Many candidates appeared for the vacant pulpit but it was
not until June 22, 1886, that a final decision was reached, which
was a most fortunate one for the Church in a call made to Rev.
James H. Owens, who was at the time pastor of the Reformed
Dutch Church of Bushnell, Illinois. He was installed Thurs-
day evening, August 12, the sermon being preached by Rev. B.
S. Everitt of Jamesburg. Rev. J. A. Laggett, D. D., gave the
charge to the pastor and Rev. J. G. Mason, D. D., the charge to
This pastorate was greatly blessed in the large additions to
the membership, two hundred and twenty six persons having
been received in eight years. The old Sunday school room which
had done service for nearly half-a-century gave place to the pres-
ent chapel which was erected in 1891. The year following an
addition was made to the chapel, a new furnace bought, water
motor attached to the organ,
roof repaired, church painted,
opera chairs instead of the
pews placed in the church, the
wall re-decorated and new
carpet laid, the whole cost be-
ing $4,000. A manse was
built on High street in 1887.
The Christian Endeavor So-
ciety was organized, the For-
eign Missionary Society
brought to life again and mis-
sion work inaugurated at First
and Washington streets. In
1892 Rev. Wilbur F. Chap-
man, D. D. , conducted Evan-
gelistic services with re-
sults of great value to the
REV JAMES H. OWENS.
THE MANSE, 1887-1901.
Mr. Owens' ill health compelled him to go South in the
winter of 1892-3, the Church readily giving him a vacation; the
pulpit was supplied by Rev. E. A. Holdridge. To the regret
of the congregation he accepted a call to the East Side Church
of Paterson, N. J., in 1894 and the relations which had existed so
pleasantly were dissolved in February of that year. Mr. Owens
was born at Hyde Park, N. Y., and at thirteen yearsof age united
with the First Reformed (Dutch) Church of Yonkers, N. Y. He
graduated at Rutgers College and New Brunswick Theological
Seminar}-, was ordained by the classisof Passaic and settled at Fair-
field, N.J. , from which church he was called to Bushnell. He mar-
ried Miss Letitia Van Nuis of Jamesburg. The church was sup-
plied after Mr. Owens' retirement and until the election of a pastor
by Rev. W. A. Rice, D. D. , Secretary of the American Tract Society.
On May 3, 1894, Rev. George B. Van Dyke of Watertown,
New York, was called to the pastorate, and installed July 17.
Rev. J. A. Blauvelt, D.D., presided and preached the sermon.
Rev. George Swain, D.D., gave the charge to the pastor and
Rev. James H. Owens the charge to the people. Mr. Van Dyke
was born at Bloomsbury, New Jersey, but his parents soon after
moved to Cranbury, where his
father, Rev. Joseph S. Van
Dyke, was pastor of the Sec-
ond church. He graduated
from Princeton College, 1888,
and after teaching a year en-
tered Princeton Seminary,
graduating in 1892. He was
ordained by the presbytery of
Monmouth, May 12, and on
June 1, took charge of the
work in Hope chapel, Water-
town, a mission of the First
church, where he remained
until his removal to this city.
The mission work in the
Washington street district was REV. GEORGE b. van dyke.
44 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
transferred to a building on Smith street. Mr. Van Dyke promoted
the sabbath school work and was instrumental in opening a Sun-
day school at Keasbey which is now in a flourishing condition.
The mission at Washington and First streets was removed to
Smith street, near Prospect, where the services were largely at-
tended, but in 1898, it was combined with the church school. On
February 9, 1898, the congregation accepted Mr. Van Dyke's res-
ignation that he in turn might accept a call to the church at Ham-
monton, N. J. In December, 1899, he removed to Lowville, N.
Y. He was married September 14, 1899, to Miss Mary E..
daughter of Rev. George Swain, D. D., of Allentown, N. J.
After Mr. Van Dyke's removal the church was supplied for a
year by Rev. Henry Ketcham, of Westfield, N.J.
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Arise and Build.
77 HE twentieth century found the village of Perth Amboy with
its seven hundred people expanded into a city of twenty
thousand inhabitants. The tiny seed planted one hundred years
ago, had grown into a great tree. The great grandchildren of
the founders of this organization greeted the new century with the
same faith and confidence that inspired their parents in the misty-
past. The needs of the growing population demanded a building
larger and better suited to modern church work; and the voice of
Nehemiah was heard. — The God of heaven, he will prosper us;
therefore, we his servants will arise and build.
On January 10, 1900, a meeting of the congregation was held
to consider the whole question of building and at its close a com-
mittee, consisting of the elders and trustees, was appointed as a
ways and means committee to determine what action could be best
taken that would increase the accommodations of the church.
Charles D. Snedeker was appointed chairman and Wilbur LaRoe,
secretary. In March at another meeting of the congregation, it
was decided to erect a new building, and in pursuance of this deci-
sion this committee was authorized to purchase the lot at the south-
east corner of Market Square for $4,500, which was done. The
different societies and members of the church entered heartily into
this movement, secured a sufficient amount of money to make the
first payment on the lot, and committees were appointed at later
meetings to secure subscriptions to the amount of $10,000 at least
for a new church, and invite designs from architects. A.F.Leicht's
plans were adopted, and contracts were made for the construction
of a building to cost $20,225. The building committee was chosen
consisting of John H. Gregory, Edward W. Barnes, John J.
Errata — For 1900, read 1901.
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
Deitche and C. D. Snedeker, president of the Board of Trustees.
The parsonage and the old church were sold, the latter
now being used for dwelling houses on Catalpa avenue ; an ad-
ditional lot on the southwest corner of Market and Rector streets
CHAPEL, ERECTED 1891.
was bought for $1,500, the church then coining into possession of
the entire property bounded by the Market Square, Market and
Ground was broken for the new church on Tuesday, Novem-
ber 20. Preliminary exercises were held in the old building, with
prayer by Rev. H. G. Mendenhall, and an address by Rev. J. H.
ARISE AND BUILD. 47
Owens. The congregation then gathered on the vacant lot where
our new sanctuary stands and the first shovelful of earth was
lifted by the pastor, followed by Rev. J. H. Owens. Then follow-
ing in order were the three members of the church who had been
in connection with the organization for fifty years and longer,
Elder C. C. Pierson, Mrs. Frances W. Coutts (represented by
Miss M. C. Hight) and Mrs. Ellen Sneath (represented by Mrs.
Herbert Dayton), Edward W. Barnes for the Sunday School,
Charles D. Snedeker for the trustees, Adrian Lyon for the
session, Miss A. E.VanNuis for the Foreign Missionary Society,
Mrs. A. C. Mount for the Home Missionary Society,
Mrs. S. C. Conipton for the Ladies' Mite Society, Mrs. E. W.
Barnes for the Ladies' Auxiliary, William W. Henry for the
Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor, Miss Ella Ram-
say for the Junior Endeavor Society, John A. Banner for the
Westminster Cadets, Mrs. James Chalmers for the Choir and C.
Lee Straub for the ushers.
The cornerstone of the new building was laid Saturday, April
12, 1902, with the following order of service : Hymn, Christ isour
Corner Scone ; Scripture Reading, Rev. R. White ; Prayer, Rev.
A. W. Sproull, D. D. ; Hymn by the Junior Endeavor Society;
Addresses by Hon. Charles Keen Seaman, Mayor ; Rev. S.
Trevena Jackson, Pastor Simpson M. E. Church ; Rev. Percy
R. Ferris, Pastor Baptist Church ; Rev. Andrew Hanson, Pastor
Danish M. E. Church ; Hymn, Blest be the. tie that binds ; Ad-
dress, Rev. Henry Elliott Mott, D. D., Moderator Elizabeth
Presbytery ; Reading List of Articles Deposited in the Corner
Stone, Hon. Adrian Lyon; Laying the Stone, by Rev. H. G.
Mendenhall, D. D. ; Hymn, O Lord of hosts, whose glory fills;
Benediction, Rev. J. M. McNulty, D. D. A silver trowel used
in laying the corner stone was presented by Architect Leicht to
the Church. The list of articles placed in the box is as follows :
Bible, roll of Church, Sabbath school and officers, of-
ficers of the Church, Women's Foreign Missionary So-
ciety, Women's Home Missionary Society, Ladies' Mite
Society, Ladies' Auxiliary, C. E. Society, Junior C. E.
Society, Westminster Cadets, Men's League ; topic cards of C.
48 PRKSBYTERIANISM IN PKRTH AMBOY.
E. and Junior C. E. ; program Women's Foreign Missionary So-
ciety for 1 901 -2 ; copies daily Chronicle and Republican of April
1 1 ; photographs of the old church and chapel, two inside and
one outside ; account of breaking ground for new church in
Chronicle of November 20 ; sermon on President McKinley by
the pastor ; annual Church report for 1902 ; program of corner
stone laying ; Presbyterian hand book for 1902 ; history of Pres-
byterian Church of Perth Amboy by Rev. Aaron Peck, 1876 ;
first record of the Church organization ; coins of 1901 and 1902 ;
Presbyterian papers, Banner, Presbyterian, Herald and Presbyter,
Interior, Evangelist and Observer ; New York Times, Herald,
Tribune, Sun; Shorter Catechism; Presbyterian publications, As-
sembly Herald, Women's Work for Women, Home Mission Month-
ly, Session Helps; Middlesex Sunday School Association minutes.
The church was dedicated with appropriate ceremonies on
Sunday, January 25, 1903, the centennial anniversary exercises
continuing during the week.
The church is constructed on the lines of the old English
Gothic style, with a stately tower on one corner and two
small towers, one on each side of the building, with large
gables fronting on Market street and the Park. The entrance
to the main auditorium is through all three towers. The build-
ing is 78 feet wide and about 115 feet long on the outside, and is
constructed of Stockton Peach Blossom granite, from the Stock-
ton quarries, located in the western part of New Jersey.
The main auditorium is a perfect circle, 64 feet in diameter,
with seating capacity of 520 persons. The pulpit platform and
organ loft are circular and beautifully paneled. On the same
floor are located pastor's study, ladies' parlors, and choir
rooms with all the necessary conveniences. The ceiling of
the auditorium is constructed of an open truss and paneled in
hard wood, with ventilator in the centre. This church is one of
the most modern and comfortable meeting houses in the State
of New Jersey. It is lighted throughout with electricity,
and has a perfect steam heating plant located in the cellar, which
will be sufficient to make the church comfortable in the coldest
weather, and is well ventilated for warm weather. Above the
main vestibule in the large tower is located a room for the meet-
insrs of the board of trustees.
INTERIOR OF CHURCH, 1869-1891.
INTERIOR OF CHURCH, 1891-1901.
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY
THE CHURCH AND CHAPEL, 1891-19OI,
The history of Presbyterianism in Perth Amboy can not be
closed without recalling the fact that in the matter of education our
church and ministry have had much to do. The first pastors were
also principals of academies, and their positions were taken, as the
city grew, by others who were members of the congregation.
Rev. Job Halsey, D. D., in 1836, established a Ladies' Seminary
in the building at the northwest corner of Market and Water
ARISE AND BUILD. 5 1
streets, and in 1846, Rev. Luther Halsey was associated with
him. Students from distant places in our land and the West
Indies made this school very popular. In 1869 the Raritan Fe-
male Seminary was opened in the building at the southwest cor-
ner of Water and Market streets by Misses Marianne and Jennie
F. Manning, assisted later by Miss Adele Manning. This was also
prosperous and continued for twenty-seven years. An academy
for boys was opened in 1835, by Mr. Stephen G. Woodbridge,
and this was in successful operation for nearly thirty years.
A library was established very early in the history of this
church. Its books were of a high character and for a long time
it was popular and extensively patronized. In 1861 the books
were sold. In 1888, Mrs. Annie Bower Hesser, who was a resi-
dent of the Westminster Home, called a meeting of women from
all the churches to discuss the founding of a public library. This
meeting began a work which developed into a library association,
from which has come the present Perth Amboy Public Library
and the Carnegie Library building.
The Westminster Home is the government building, dating
back to 1762, and was the residence, in 1776, of Governor William
Franklin. It was given in 1883, to the Board of Ministers' Relief
of the Presbyterian Church, by Dr. Alexander Bruen, son
of Matthias Bruen, as a home for retired Presbyterian clergymen,
their widows and children. It has had as its guests many men
and women who have done valiant service for Christ, in our own
land, and foreign fields. They have been helpful in the work of
the local church, as well as a blessing to the city.
MEMBERSHIP FOR HALF A CENTURY.
This volume must not end without a record of our mem-
bers whose names have been on our roll for fifty years and more.
The first in service was Mrs. Frances H. Coutts, who died during
the preparation of this history, December 5, 1902. Her maid-
en name was Frances H. Wheaton. She was born in this city,
December 23, 1820, and united with the church in 1834, her
membership extending through sixty-eight years. She was
married in 1840, to George M. Coutts.
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
Mrs. Eleanor Sneath has been a member for fifty-nine years.
She was enrolled in 1843. Her birth place was Perth Amboy,
and the time, 1821. Her maiden name was Eleanor Wood. She
was married to John W. Sneath in 1846.
Caleb C. Pierson. See page 53.
Mrs. James Wait's membership covers fifty-one years. Her
maiden name was Emma Hughes, and she was married in 1848.
Mrs. Emma Compton united with the church in 1853. Her
maiden name was Emma Disosway, and she was married in 1846,
to George Alfred Compton.
OUR FOREIGN MISSIONARY.
This church is honored
in having one of its members
enrolled as a foreign mission-
ary in far-off India — Miss
Emma Morris. Miss Morris,
daughter of Frank B. and
Emma Girvan Morris, was
born in Mauch Chunk, Pa.,
where she became a member
of the Presbyterian Church.
She was educated in the
public schools of her native
city and Miss Gertrude
Smith's Seminary, in Perth
Amboy. She became a raem-
miss Emma morris. ber of this church in 1886,
and in 1892 was appointed by the Board of Foreign
Missions, of the Presbyterian Church, a missionary teacher
in India. For five years she labored at Eodiana, and for two
years was a teacher in the Woodstock School. She then
returned to her home land on a furlough for one year, but, in
1901. was back again in India. Her present station is Jagraon,
Punjab, where she is engaged in Zenana Work.
ARISE AND BUILD. 53
OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH. — THE SESSION.
The pastor, Harlan G. Mendenhall, D. D., is a native of
Coatesville, Penn. He was educated at Williston Seminary,
Lafayette College and Western Theological Seminary; licensed
by the presbytery of Chester, and ordained by the presbytery of
Fort Wayne. He came to this church from the First Church
of Kansas City, Kansas, March, 1900, but was not installed until
May 9, 1 90 1. At that service, Rev. J. G. Mason, D. D., of
Metuchen, presided ; Rev. W. R. Richards, D. D., of Plainfield,
preached the sermon; Rev. W. A. Rice, D. D., of Newark,
gave the charge to the pastor ; and Rev. E. B. Cobb, D. D., of
Elizabeth, the charge to the people.
Caleb C. Pierson has been a member of this church for
fifty-two years. He united on profession of his faith with the
Montclair Church in 1843, and transferred his membership to
Perth Amboy in 1850. In 1855, he was elected elder and has
served continuously for forty-seven years. In 1858, he was
elected trustee, and served as such for sixteen years.
Edward W. Barnes united with this church on certificate
from the church in Tamaqua, Pa., in 1865. In 187 1, he was
elected elder and clerk of session. He continued to act as clerk
for twenty-eight years. In 1878 he became superintendent of
the Sunday School. He was mayor of this city in 1894-6. He
was a member of the school board in 189 1-4.
Adrian Lyon united with this church in 1888, on certificate
from the church of Pluckemin, N. J. He was chosen elder in
1898, and clerk in 1899. Mr. Lyon is also assistant general
superintendent of the Sunday School. He was superintendent
of public schools in Perth Amboy, in 1894-5 > member of the
legislature in the sessions of 1900 and 1901; and appointed judge
of the first district court of Perth Amboy, 1901.
Samuel E. Shull transferred his membership from ^he
church of South Easton, Pa., in 1895, and was elected elder in
1898. Mr. Shull has been superintendent of the schools of this
city since 1895, and is a member of the Public Library Board.
CALEB .('. PIEBSON.
SAMUEL E. SHUliL.
WILBUR I. IROE.
EDWARD W. BARNES.
CHARLES 1>. SNEDEKER.
John .r. deitche.
JOHN H. GREGORY.
C. DOUGLAS ERASER.
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John J. Deitche became a resident of Perth Amboy in 1867,
bnt his membership in this church did not begin until 1879,
when he was received by letter from the church of Metuchen.
That year he was elected a trustee and has served continuously
since that time. Mr. Deitche is superintendent of the Inter-
mediate department of the Sunday-school. In 1896-7 he was an
alderman of the city. He is engaged in the retail and wholesale
C. Douglas Fraser united with the church on profession of faith
in 1889. He was elected trustee in 1900. Mr. Fraser is Over-
seer of the Silver Refinery of the American Smelting Company.
John H. Gregory was received into membership on certificate
from the church of Red Bank in 1888. He was elected trustee
in 1900. Mr. Gregory's business is that of wrecker and dealer
Wilbur LaRoe became a member of the church is 1889 on a
certificate from the church of Westfield. He was elected trustee
in 1899. Mr. LaRoe is assistant Editor and Manager of the
Henry Petty united with the church on profession of faith in
1892. He was chosen trustee in 1894. Mr. Petty is a member
of the firm of Petty & Applegate.
Charles D. Snedeker became a member of the organization in
1895 on certificate from the Second Reformed Dutch Church in
New Brunswick, N. J. He was elected trustee in 1899. Mr.
Snedeker is a member of the Public Library Board and is sec-
retary and treasurer of the Perth Amboy Dry Dock Company.
Samuel S. Shull was elected trustee in 1900.
SPECIAL GIFTS AND MEMORIALS.
In addition to the large and generous gifts of individuals and
socities, the following special gifts have been made to the new
Desk for pastor's study by Ladies' Mite Society.
Carpet for church and study by Ladies' Auxiliary.
Collection plates by Mrs. Charles D. Snedeker and Mrs. John J.
56 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
Pulpit furniture by Adrian Lyon.
Pulpit cloth and Bible marker by Miss Bertha M. Mitchell.
Hymn board and chairs for communion table by Mrs. Ella Men-
denhall Baldwin and Howard L. Mendenhall.
Two collection plates by Edward W. Barnes.
Table for platform by the Junior class of the Sunday school in
memory of their teacher, Rev. David Stevenson, D. D.
Communion table by Misses Emma and Mary Morris and Mrs.
Lindsay Morris Stirling, in memory of their father, Frank
B. Morris, for thirteen years a trustee of this church and
for many years a teacher in the Sabbath school.
Collection plate by Mrs. Amelia G. Hadden in memory of her
husband, Cornelius Hadden, a trustee for ten years and an
elder for twenty-seven years.
Collection plate by Mrs. Georgia Mitchell Watson, in mem-
ory of her mother, Mrs. Sarah B. Mitchell, a member of
this church, 1879-1900.
Baptismal Font by Mr. and Mrs. James W. Lupton, in memory
of their children, Carrie May and Edna M.
Memorial window by Mrs. Julia Peck, in memory of her hus-
band, Rev. Aaron Peck, pastor of this church 1869- 1877.
This window pictures the miracle recorded in Luke 5: 1-11
— the draught of fishes. In the foreground are Peter and
James toiling at the breaking net ; John stands behind them.
On the opposite side of the ship is Christ, who speaks to
Peter the precious words — Fear not ; from henceforth thou
shalt catch men.
RECORD OF THE FIRST SESSION MEETING.
Perth Amboy, Jan'y 23, 1804.
The following persons, viz. Elias Riggs, minister, and John
Angus, David Wait and John Lewis, who had been previousl)-
chosen, and set apart by prayer, to the office of Ruling Elders in
the Presbyterian Church in this place, met by agreement, at the
house of John Angus and constituted a Session. Began with
The Session thought proper to begin their minutes with a his-
torical account of the rise and progress of this church. The fol-
lowing, drawn up by Mr. Riggs, being deemed as full and satis-
factory as can be obtained, was ordered to be inserted.
[Here follows the history already printed elsewhere.]
On the 27th of August, agreeably to previous notice such per-
sons as had been members of the Presbyterian Church met to-
gether in the house of God, and there, as in His presence, sub-
scribed the following covenant:
"We, whose names are hereunto subscribed, professing faith
in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of sinners, and having for-
merly, according to this our faith, publicly dedicated ourselves to
God, and connected ourselves with his professing people, being now
removed to an inconvenient distance from our former christian
connections, and still desirous, in this place, as in every place
where the Lord may cast our lot, of enjoying the privilege of
christian fellowship and of testifying our attachment to our
Lord, by waiting upon him in the ordinances of his appointment,
in a regular manner, do solemnly engage to unite together for
these good purposes, mutually to watch over and mutually to
submit ourselves under Christ, to the watch and guardianship of
one another, hoping and praying, that, in due time, under the
58 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
divine blessing, we may be more fully organized and built up to-
gether a holy church of God."
John Angus, Elizabeth Coddington,
Margaret Clark, Phebe Harriott,
Margaretta Clark, Rachel Friend.
Mr. Jno. Lewis, who was unexpectedly prevented from at-
tending this meeting, assented to the covenant and subscribed
his name in the evening of the same day.
Lord's day, August 28, 1803. The sacrament of the Lord's
Supper was celebrated. This was ye first time, so far as we
know, that this holy ordinance was ever observed in Amboy,
after the Presbyterian manner.
On this day Mr. David Wait joined himself to our little flock.
Mrs. Susanna Thomson, who had been a member of the Metho-
dist Church, was received to communion with us.
Lord's day Jan'y 22, 1804. Messrs. John Angus, David
Wait and John Lewis were solemnly set apart by prayer, to the
office of ruling elders in this church, and on the following even-
ing entered upon their office as above related. Concluded with
THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE FIRST TRUSTEES.
"In the Presbyterian Church at the City of Perth Amboy,
Saturday evening, July 14th, 1804
The male members having met for the purpose of choosing
trustees for this church in conformity to the act of incorporation,
public notice having been given by advertisement at least ten
days previously, The Rev. Elias Riggs was chosen moderator
after which they proceeded to the choice of three trustees, when
John Angus, David Wait and John Lewis were unanimously
elected. Attest. Elias Riggs,
Mod. of the meeting:.
We the subscribers, being duly elected on the 14th day of
July, one thousand eight hundred and four, as trustees of the
Presbyterian Church of the City of Perth Amboy, in the County
of Middlesex and State of New Jersey, and having taken the
oaths required by law, do call and subscribe ourselves as above
expressed, the Trustees of the Presbyterian Church in the City
of Perth Amboy.
Witness our hands and seals this 10th day of December, 1804.
Jno. Angus [l. s.]
David Wait [l. s.]
John Lewis [l. s.]
Came to the clerk's office of Middlesex County, December 13,
1804, and was recorded in book entitled "Incorporated Societies"
hv Wm. P. Deare, Clerk.
Middlesex County )
State of New Jersey ) SS
Personally appeared before me, Ephriam Harriot, "one of the
Justices of the Peace in and for said county, John Angus, David
Wait and John Lewis, trustees elect for the Presbyterian Church
of the City of Perth Amboy, and have taken the oaths prescribed
by the fifth section of religious societies, viz: The oath to sup-
port the constitution of the United States, the oath of allegiance
prescribed by law and an oath for the faithful execution of the
trust reposed in them.
Sworn before me this tenth day of December, 1804, one of the
Justices of the Peace in and for said county.
Justice of Peace.
SUBSCRIPTION LIST FOR CHURCH BUILDING, l8o2.
We the subscribers have paid into the hands of Capt. John
Angus, the sums affixed to our respective names for the purpose
of building a Presbyterian Church in the City of Perth Amboy,
in the State of New Jersey, where there was formerly one which
was destroyed in the Revolutionary War.
New York Subscribers — Arch Gracie, 20; Jno. Munro, 20;
Daniel Gordon, 10; Samuel Campbell, one doz. Psalm book's for
the poor; William Cumberland, one Gilt Dove for the Pulpit;
Thomas Buchanan, 20; Gilbert Robertson, 20; Peter Kemble, 5;
Alexander Stewart, 2 kegs and a half of yellow paint and 5;
Charles Smith, Water street, 5; Thomas Post, 5; Thos. Carpen-
ter, 10; Nat. Bloodgood, 2.50; Thomas H. Smith Jr., 2; Matthew
Roger, 3; Edward Reid, 3; Henry Ten Brook, 5; John B. Clark,
5; T. Satten, 3; Garrit Gilbert, 3; Edward Etting, 2.50; John
McKillop, 3; Walter Rutherford, 25; John Roe, 25; Ebenz.
Stevens, one large Bible for the use of the church; Brockholst
Livingstone, 15; W. Neilsen, 20; Margaret Douglas, 15; Henry
Rutgers, 30; J. G. Warren, 15; Daniel McCormick, 20; Andrew
Smith, 20; David Bethune, 20; Peter Schemerhorn, 1=;; Samuel
Burling, the Mahogany for the Pulpit equal to 40; George Cald-
well, Communion vessels; James Scott, 20; Andrew Anderson, 10;
John Hone, 10; Wm. Renwick, 15; J. N. Griffith, ro; A. Y.
60 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
Tuyl, 5; H. Kermit, 10; Geo. Barnewall, 10; James Tillary, 10;
John MacGregor, 10; Benj. Page, 5; John Stevens, 20; Jas. Rob-
ertson, 5; H. Scott, 10; Isaac Roe, 5; Robt. Cocks, 10; Robert
Stewart, 5; Ambraham Varick, 5; R. Richer, 5; Andrew Morris,
5; Robert Gosman, 5; H. G. Rutgers, 5; cash, 258.
Philadelphia Subscribers — Elias Boudinot, 20; Robt. Ralston,
20; Robert Smith, 20; Thos. Ewing, 20; Thomas Leiper, 20;
Magnus Miller, 20; James Crawford, 20; Thos. M. Kean, 20;
Geo. Latimer, 20; John Maybin, 20; Stephen Girard, 20; J. B.
Hennesey, 20; Geo. Z. Reinnour for Paul Siemen, 20; Geo. Z.
Reinnour, 20; Hugh Jackson, 20; John Steinmetz, 20; John G.
Wachsmuth, 20; Lewis Clapier, 20; Benjamin Wickes, 20; Ed-
ward Bard, 20; Richard Stiles, 10; Henry Pepper, 10; J. Cnoly,
20; Chas. S. Baneker, 10; Lewis Neill, 20; G. Hamilton, 20;
Joseph Higbee, 20; William Bainbridge, 20; Walter Lowrey, 50.
Newark and Elizabethtown Subscribers — D. W. DeCamp, 20;
Elisha Boudinot, 10; Archibald Mercer, 10; James Hadden, 3;
Jas. Ten Brook, 3; J. M. Cunning, 10; Arch Gifford, 5; Alex C.
McWhorter, 6; Isaac Ailing, 10; Stephen Hays, 4; Benjamin
Coe, 5; Ezra Baldwin, 5; Samuel Whitaker, 2; Caleb Wheeler, 2;
Uzal Sayrs, 5; Nath'l Beach, 10; Abiel Campbell, 2; Daniel
Banks, 1; Jacob Plum, 1; Timothy Anderson, 2; George Scriba,
10; Moses McCombs, 6; Adam D. Crane, 2; F. Burnet, 3; John
Wallis, 1 ; Samuel Hay, 3; Samuel Remington, 1; S. Gould, 1; I.
Parkhurst, 2; Nath'l Seabury, 2; Jonathan Sayre, 5; Henry Kol-
lock, 20; Lewis Woodruff, 2; Elias Dayton, 10; E. B. Dayton, 4;
John Chandler, 5; Ralph Price, 1; Wililam Dayton, 1; Ralph
Boston Subscribers — Samuel Elliott, 50; Benj. Bussey, 20; Ed-
ward Blake, Jr. , 20; Jeremiah Allen, 20; Thomas & Andrews, in
books to the academy connected with the church at Amboy, one
hundred volumes; Eben Dow, 25; J. E. 5, K. J. 5, D. J. 5, 15;
Thos. K. Jones, 20; Win. Ritchie, 10; Friends, 75; Joseph
Coolidge, 20; Jed. Morse. 5 and fifteen books; K. G. Shaw, 10;
Robert Murry, 10; Gid Snow, 10; Charles dishing, 5; Samuel
Bradford, 10; J. Q. Adams, 10; Samuel Ingalls, 10; Simon For-
rester, 10; Jacob Ashton, 10; Edward Allen Jr., 10; John
Derby, 16; B. Parkman, 20; George Crownishield & Sons, 20;
George Dodge, 10; Samuel Derby, 5; Clifford Crownishild, 10;
Samuel Snelling, 10; J. White & Co., thirty-five volumes books
to the Academy; Eben Lackin, twenty volumes books to the
Academy; Wash Greenleaf, twenty volumes books to the Acad-
emy; John Boyle, 10, in books to the Academy; Samuel Hall,
10, in books to the Academv; A. F. Gregone, 10.
ADDENDA. 6 1
Porthsmouth, N. H. Subscribers — John Rangoon, 10; Elijah
Ladd, 10; E. Cutts, 3; Samuel Hill, 5; James Sheaff, 10.
Misplaced while on board the packet a paper subscribed to the
amount of 152 dollars by the inhabitants of Newport and Provi-
dence, R. I.
COPY OF THE FIRST SUBSCRIPTION LIST FOR PASTOR'S SALARY.
We the subscribers promise to pay the sums affixed to our re-
spective names in quarterly payments, for the support and main-
tenance of a Presbyterian Minister in the City of Perth Amboy
for one year to commence as soon as he shall begin to officate in
his duty. Commenced March 7, 1802.
Margaretta Clark . . . .20 David Marsh 8
J no. Angus 20 George Compton 8
David Wait 10 William Chase 6
James Harriott 10 Abraham Webb 4
Richard Stevens .... 10 Thomas Crow 5
Abraham Ay res .... 10 Benj. Ford 8
Joseph Golding 4 Shubal Merritt 8
Caleb Ward 8 Cornelius Disosway .... 5
James Compton 10 Joseph Wright 2
William Cross 6 William Hamilton 6
John Roe 6 70
REV. MR. RIGGS EMPOWERS TRUSTEES TO COLLECT HIS SALARY.
Know all men by these presents that I Elias Riggs have con-
stituted and do hereby constitute my worthy friends John Angus,
Esq., John Lewis, Esq. and Mr. David Wait or either of them,
my lawful attorney, with full power, jointly or severally, as to
them may seem expedient, to act for me in collecting and re-
ceipting for all monies which are now due to me for services per-
formed in Perth Amboy. Witness ray hand and seal this 24th
day of March, A. D., 1807. Elias Riggs.
Witness: Lewis Compton.
GEORGE COMPTON'S BUILDING ACCOUNT.
Amboy City, July 5, 1802.
To making 15 spikes £ 0.15.06
To altering a spiar 6.00
To 12 staples and keys 6.06
To 2 hinges 1.2.06
To making a lightning rou . . . . . _\ 12.00
62 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
To making staples 3-° 6
To 12 i^ bolts 12.06
To making staples 5.00
To 12 plates, 2 beams pnlpit 1. 11.00
To 1 Hook, 2 bands 11.06
To Gudgeons boxes and rivets 16.00
To 11 locks and rivets 3.06
To 6 screw bolts 6.06
To hinges, 1 rod iron 14.06
To 1-2 the amount of work by Web and Comp-
ton 1. 16.01
Deduct by subscription to the church $20 . . 8.
SUBSCRIPTION LIST FOR PARSONAGE, 1809.
We the subscribers promise to pay into the hands of John
Angus, David Wait or John Lewis, or their successors, trustees
of the Presbyterian Church and Academy in the City" of Perth
Amboy, the sum affixed to our respective names, for the purpose
of building a Parsonage House for the accommodation of the
pastor and principal of the said church and academy. It is ex-
pressly understood that the object of this donation is for the com-
bined purpose of procuring a competent teacher for the seminary
of Amboy. Having found by experience that the emoluments
heretofore have not been sufficient to support a proper character;
it is therefore proposed to subscribe a sufficient sum to build a
a house for the pastor of said church and teacher of the academy.
Perth Amboy, Sept. 22, 1809.
James Harriott, $20; William Cross, 25; Abraham Avers, 15;
Elizabeth Codington, 20; William Bloodgood, 10; Daniel Avers,
vSr., in timber or stone, 7.50; Joshua Bloodgood in mason work, 5;
John Lewis, 40; Rev. D. C. Hopkins (all due on pew rent) 3;
James Flate, 2; Rev. Elias Riggs, 30; May Cook, 5; Margaret
Clark, 2.50; John Angus, the ground to build the Manse in 120
and 100 in cash; Samuel Angus, 50; Alex Sample, 30; Robert
Bethel, 25; Tutor Brown, 10; Arthur Harper, 10; James Rich-
ards, 5; John McDowell, 5; John Mills, 5; Barclay Carll, 5; Sam-
uel D. Smith, 5; Samuel Miller, 5; Edward D. Griffin, 5; Ebenez-
er Grant, 10; Matthew LaPerrine, 5; Noah Crane, 2.50; Asa Hill-
yer, 5; John Woodhull, 5; Nathan Woodhull, 5; Win. Lawson,
2.50; G. Williams, 3; Phin Manning, 25; John Brewster, 1; J.
Manning, 18; Mrs. Sarah Malcom, 10; John Bayard, 5; M.
Chrystie, 3; Thomas Brown, 10; Governor Crawford, 5; Robt.
Bethell, 10; Daniel Perrine, 20; Nath'l Manning, 15; James Mor-
gan, 10; Daniel Perrine, 20 on condition that the parsonage
house is not mortgaged; George Compton, 5; Charles Ford, 3;
John Viof, 3; Thomas Avers, 5; David Wait, 55; Jas. Edgar, 10;
Thomas Akin, 25; N. K. Taylor, 10; Wm. Hamilton, 5; Lewis
Arnold, 5; Benj. Ford, 2; Charles Ford, 3; Wm. Ford, Jr., 2;
Isaac Potter, 5.
bill rendered by alex sample for parsonage.
Perth Amboy, 1809.
Trustees of Presbyterian Church.
To Alex Sample, Dr.
May 31. 1 lb Rought Neils £ o. 1 .05
Sundreys to Black Benn
14 oz. Powder for Blowing Stone
1 quart Spirits
1 ' quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
3 pints Spirits t . .
4 lb Rought Neils
1 gallon Spirits
1 quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
1 lb Putty
1 quart Spirits
1 quart Spirits
4 papers lamblack @ l /> . . . .
1 quart Spirits
7 lb iod Neils
18 lb iod Neils
64 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AM BOY.
28. 4 lb whiteing, 1 lb Rought Neils 3.05
30. 22 8d Neils 1.2.00
Sept. 1. 6 lb Neils, 1 lb Rought Neils 7.05
3 pints Spirits 3.09
2. 1 quart Spirits, 4 lb Neils 6.06
4. 12 lb Neils 12.00
9. 13 lb Neils 13-00
14. 7 lb Neils 7.00
15. 1 quart Spirits 2.06
16. iolb Neils, 2 Rought Neils 12.10
28. 4 lb Putt}- 4.00
Oct. 3. 1 quart Spirits 2.06
13. 3 lb Yallow Paint, 1-2 lb Litchragh .... 5.00
1 quart Spirits 1.06
19. 6 lb White Lade 11.00
1 lb Putty, 1-2 lb Litchragh 2.06
23. 8 lb Neils 8.00
To cash paid Bonnenton for diging seller . 2.0.00
To do for Blowin Stone 14.00
To do for Plasterin Hare 12.00
To do for Wikes Mans Bording 2.00.00
FOR A PARSONAGE WELL — l8lO.
Persons composing the congregation of the Presbyterian
Church of this city, who wish to see its property improved by
having a well made on the parsonage lot as well to render it
more convenient and comfortable for their pastor, as to add to its
value hereafter, are now called upon to contribute towards that
object in any way that may be most convenient to themselves
either in money, labour or material. These therefore who feel
disposed to lend their aid will affix opposite their respective
names whatever they choose to give towards so useful and neces-
sary appendage to the property of their church. The amount
required not being great the contribution, if general, will fall
light upon all.
Then follow twenty-four names with $58 in cash and labor
PEW RENTALS WITH NAMES OF OCCUPANTS — [809-IO.
Number Name Annual Tax
1 James Wait 8
2 David Smally and Isaac Andrew 5.00
3 Mrs. Dorset 3-5 $3 5.00
4 Caleb Ward 5.00
5 John Angus, Esq 8.00
6 The estate of Phineas Mailing, dec'd .... 8.00
7 Henry Hampton y? $4 8.00
8 Vacant 8.00
9 " 3-5o
10 L,ewis Arnold 3.50
11 Vacant 3.50
12 Thomas Akin 3.00
13 Nathaniel K. Taylor 3.00
[4 Vacant 2.50
17 " x -50
18 " 4.00
9 i Taken up for Library 4.00
21 Vacant 2.50
22 " 3.00
24 " 3-5o
25 William Bloodgood 3.50
26 Thomas Griggs 3.50
27 Mrs. Coddington 8.00
28 James Compton 8.00
29 Col. James Harriott 8.00
30 Daniel Perrine, Esq. ^$5 and Dr. Mailing . 8.00
31 Mrs. Cook v ? $2.50 5.00
32 John Lewis 5.00
33 George Compton 5.00
34 Vacant 5-°°
35 " 8 -°°
36 John Angus, Esq. and Alex Semple .... 7.00
37 Daniel Manning % $3.50 7.00
38 Simeon Drake 7.00
39 Benjamin Ford 7.00
40 Abraham Ayers 7.00
41 Vacant 7-°°
42 Daniel Ayers Y? $3.50 Thomas Seamen 2. . . 7.00
43 William Cross 6.00
44 Vacant 6.00
45 " 6.00
46 " 5-00
47 " • 5-oo
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
SUBSCRIPTION LIST FOR REV. PETER STRYKER S SALARY.
We the subscribers do hereby promise to pay unto the Rev.
Peter Stryker the sums annexed to our names, annually for his
labour as a minister of the Gospel, as long as he resides in the
City of Perth Amboy or till such time as we remove or withdraw
our names, which notice we will give in writing to him or the
trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Perth Amboy. The sums
annexed to be paid in quarterly payments viz, the one fourth part
to be paid on the first day of February next, the second on the
first day of May, the third on the first day of August and the
fourth on the first day of November following, and so much
yearly as long as he remains the pastor of the said church or we
As witness our hands November i, 1809.
John'; Angus . . .
Alexander Sample .
Daniel Perrine . .
Jeremiah Manning .
Nath'l Manning . .
John Lewis . . . .
James Compton . .
N. K. Taylor . . .
Thomas Griggs . .
Thomas Seaman . .
George Compton .
Daniel Mailing . .
Thomas Akin . . .
Dr. Hempton . . .
Elizabeth Dorset .
Jacob Lewis . . .
Ruel Hampton . .
Abraham Ayers . .
G. Conrad Bender
William Ford, Jr .
David Wait ....
Lewis Arnold . . .
James Harriott . . .
William Cross . . .
David Smalley . . .
Rebecca H. Brown
Simeon Drake . . .
Wm. Bloodgood . .
Daniel Ayers, Jr .
James Edgar . . .
SUNDRY EXPENSES ATTENDING CHURCH SUITS — 1824-30.
PARTIAL LIST OF ITEMS.
Sept. 24 — To cash paid Mr. Hardenburg (lawyer) . .$20.00
To cash paid for brandy .75
April 1825 — To fee paid Theodore Frelinghuysen . . . . 20.00
May 1826 — To cash Mr. Mann his bill 4 dinners 1.50 . .
To cash half pint liquor ordered at Posts .50 2.00
July 13 — To cash 3 dinners at Mann's, 1.00
To cash Posts half liquor ord. .50 1.50
May 1827 — To cash Tolls 2 gates, horsefeed 1.87
To cash Stage hire from Amboy to Trenton . 3.00
To cash Palmer's bill 3 days, 1 meal at Trenton 3.50
To cash Gulich stage hire to New Brunswick 2.00
To cash boat house .25
The whole bill amounted to $317.78.
RECEIPT OF MR. OSBORNE FOR SALARY.
Received from Mr. John V. Crawford, on February 14, 1824,
thirty-nine dollars and fifty cents; and from Mr. Alexander
Semple, on April 26, 1824, fifty-eight dollars and fifty cents, be-
ing payment in full, exclusive of board and lodging, for minis-
terial services performed, as a stated supply appointed by the
Presbytery of Jersey, in the Presbyterian Church of Perth Am-
boy from the second Sabbath in November 1823, to the last Sab-
bath in April 1824 inclusive. Michael Osborne.
MINUTES OF TRUSTEES SEPTEMBER 24, 1 838.
Board of trustees met at 7 y 2 o'clock. On motion Resolved —
1st. That we raise $70 for warming the church.
2d. That the old stove loaned by Mr. Bruen be cleaned and
returned with the thanks of the Board for its use.
3d. That with the sum raised we procure three cylinder
stoves and other fuel.
4th. That J. F. Halsey, S. Andrews and C. F. Maurice be
the committee to raise money.
5th. That committee be authorized to sell the old stove.
6th. That the monthly collection for church expenses be
taken in the evening as well as morning.
7th. That the pews taken from where the stoves now stand
8th. That Dr. Andrews be authorized to carry out his propo-
sition and alter the pews of the middle block according to the
plan of the first two.
9th. That the holders of side pews be allowed to alter their
pews to correspond with the middle block.
10th. That the superintendent of the Sunday-school be re-
quested to notify the teachers that the seats occupied by the
scholars must be put in proper order after the school is dismissed.
Adjourned. C. F. Maurice, Sec'v.
68 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
BILL FOR STOVES MENTIONED ABOVE.
New York, Oct. 27, 1838.
Chas. F. Maurice, Esq.
for Presbyterian Church, P. Amboy.
Bought of St ratten & Seymour
(Successors to H. Nott & Co. )
Wholesale & Retail Stove Dealers,
242 Water street.
To ( 2 ) Cylindrical Sheet Iron Stoves $23.00
50 lbs Russia Iron Pipe @ 2-s 12.50
1-2 Cartage 19
Donation to church . . 5.69
We herewith send you the Two Stoves ordered. Ornamental
instead of Plain as ordered by Dr. Andrews, which we take the
responsibility to alter and have made a small donation which we
hope will be acceptable to you.
With Respect, Yours truly.
Stratten & Seymour.
also 2 Shakers & Pokers.
MINUTES OF TRUSTEES, OCT. 21, 1 839.
The object of this meeting was stated to determine on the best
means of raising the funds now wanted for the church. After
consultation it was Resolved:
1 st. That hereafter a collection shall be taken every Sabbath
to defray the expenses incurred for fuel, lights, etc., and to dis-
charge the debts now due by the church.
2tt. That all persons having unsettled accounts against the
church be requested to present them before Saturday, 2d of Nov.
to Mr. D. Crowell.
3d. That this res. be read on Sunday next by the chairman.
4th. That Mr. Halsey prepare a short appeal to the congre-
gation on the necessity of better liberality in the contributions
showing the need of it.
Perth Amboy, Oct. 6, 1818.
At a meeting of the trustees of the Perth Amboy Academy,
present Rev. Dr. Andrews, chairman; Matthew Bruen, Major
Lamb, Mr. Semple and John Brewster. John Brewster was chosen
secretary pro tern.
Roger W. Griswold offered himself to take charge of said
Acadamy as Preceptor and haveing prodused his credentials of
having graduated at Yale College and Prodused Letters of recom-
mendation which we approved, unanimously agreed to envite Mr.
Griswold to take charge of said Academy and depend on the
School for Compensation at the following prices for Tuition:
For the Languages and the higher Branches of Mathe-
maticks . $5-QO
Geography and English Grammer 3.50
Reading, Wrighting and Arithmatick 3.00
Reading and Wrighting 2.50
Spelling and Reading ... 2.00
Mr. Griswold to continue the school for at least one year.
To commence on Mondav the 12th Instant.
[to the trustees]
Apl. 12, 1823.
An application was made by Mr. Miner the teacher in the
Academy for the loan of a pair of Globes belonging to the con-
gregation, whereupon it was unanimously resolved that the
Globes be loaned to the teacher and that a receipt be taken for
them to be returned at any time when called for by the trustees.
FROM A PAPER ISSUED BY THE TRUSTEES IN 1 862.
"The means for defraying the current expenses are derived
from annual assessments upon the pews and by voluntary sub-
scriptions. Each pew has a specific valuation and is held only so
long as the assessments are met. These are received quarterly,
falling due on the first of May, August, November and February,
but are payable one month in advance. Prompt payment is in-
dispensible in order that the trustees may honorably meet their
engagements. Pews may be rented at any season of the year, by
making application to any of the trustees. Sittings will also be
furnished to the poor with a due consideration of their circum-
stances. Persons occupying pews will be expected in all cases to
pay for their use, unless special arrangements have been made
with the trustees. As the trustees occupy their office without re-
70 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
ward, it is highly proper that all who are interested in the wel-
fare of the church should facilitate their efforts as far as possible,
in order that the temporal interests of the congregation may be
promptly and efficiently administered."
The church sexton in 1822, was Joseph B. Wood. He re-
ceived an annual salary of $16 and half a pew free. In 1857
when Samuel Teller was sexton, the salary was increased to $50
In 1857 the trustees ordered the bell rung at all meetings of
the congregation during the week as well as on Sunday. That
same year the members of the church were asked to stand at the
singing of the second hymn and the last prayer. In the receipts
of that year reported in the accounts of the trustees, was a
"$5 counterfeit bill."
The Board of Trustees in 1857 adopted as the seal of the
church "the reverse side of a gold eagle."
In 1821 the church had its accounts "lodged in a Savings
Bank in New York."
The trustees in 1861 appointed one of their number to "inform
the sexton that sweeping the church and filling lamps must be
done on week davs instead of Sundavs. ' '
COMMITTEE TO REPAIR CHURCH IN 1 869.
William Hall, Ch. Keen, I. S. Harned, H. D. Tyrrell, D. T.
Wait and Capt. C. White.
COMMITTEE TO BUILD MANSE IN 1887.
F. A. Seaman, E. W. Barnes, W. B. Mount, Wm. H. Hall.
COMMITTEE TO BUILD CHAPEL IN 1 889.
E. W. Barnes, William B. Mount, William H. Hall, Frank B.
Morris, F. A. Seaman, I. D. Shay, Rev. J. H. Owens.
The following is the list of those who have filled the office of
Ruling Elders since the organization of the church:
John Angus 180.
David Wait 1804 — ]
John Lewis 18a
Alexander Semple 181 2 — i
James Harriott 1814-
John V. Crawford 1822 — ]
Samuel R. Ford 1822 — i
Charles Ford . . . ; 1826 —
John D. See 1836 —
Samuel E. Woodbridge 1836 —
Zadok Mundy 1836-
David Crowell 1849 -
Daniel Selover I 849 — ]
Stephen G. Woodbridge ^49 — ]
Caleb C. Pierson 1855 —
Cornelius D. Selover 1855-
William Laforge 1856-
Henry D. Tyrrell 1856-
Cornelius Hadden 1871-
Edward W. Barnes 187 1 — -
Frank Grimstead 1892 — 1897
Philip Gibson 1897 —
Adrian Lyon 1898 —
Samuel S. Shull 1898 —
William H. Hall 1898— 1899
In 1 840 the records of the Board of Trustees were destroyed
by fire and it is impossible to know definitely all the trustees who
served prior to that time; but from old papers the following per-
sons have served in that office from 1804 to 1840:
John Angus, David Wait, John Lewis, Benjamin Maurice,
William Paterson, James Harriott, William Ford, Simeon
Drake, John Wait, Lewis Compton, Matthias Bruen, Alexander
Semple, David Crowell, Charles Ford, Mr. Lamb, Daniel
LaTourette, John Brewster, Col. Griggs, John Bender, John
Patrick, Oliver Ogden, John Young, Edward Ford, George
Hampton, Dr. Solomon Andrews, J. F. Halsey, C. F. Maurice.
1840. Benjamin Maurice, David Crowell, Charles F. Maurice,
Edwin Ford, William I. Ford, John Wait.
72 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
1846. Stephen G. Woodbridge.
1847. Alexander M. Bruen, William Paterson, Cornelius H.
Schaps, David T. Wait.
1855. Henry D. Tyrrell, Edward J. Hall, William Hall, Charles
Keen, Robert Freeman.
1858. Cornelius Hadden, James T. Crowell, Caleb C. Pierson,
Nathaniel H. Tyrrell, Ephraim Martin.
1859. Thomas Vernon, Henry M. Stone.
i860. Cornelius White, James Gibson, Daniel Selover.
1861. William Ray, Cornelius D. Selover, John M. Coutts, C.
1862. Isaac Harned, H. D. Tyrrell.
1863. James H. Hart, James Davison.
1864. E. H. Hall, William Ray, William Hall, C. D. Selover.
1865. Jas. T. Crowell, H. D. Tyrrell, C. C. Pierson.
1866. Charles Keen, Cornelius Hadden, James Gibson.
1867. Win. Hall, Cornelius White, Charles Hunter.
1868. H. D. Tyrrell, C. C. Pierson, T. S. Harris.
1869. Charles Keen, Cornelius Hadden, Isaac Harned.
1870. William Hall, I. S. Harned, H. V. Creemer.
1 87 1. H. D. Tyrrell, C. C. Pierson.
1872. S. G. Phillips, George H. Tice, Charles Keen, Joseph
1873. S. Manning, William Hall, John H. Best, Alfred Wipple.
1874. William B. Mount.
1875. Charles Keen, Joseph Burns, George H. Tice.
1876. William Hall, W. B. Mount, S. Manning, Fred A. Sea-
1877. N. H. Tyrrell, F. A. Seaman.
1878. Charles Keen, Samuel Hall.
1879. J. J. Deitche, Win. Hall, Stelle Manning, Wm. B.
1880. J. H. Vogel, N. H. Tyrrell, F. A. Seaman.
1 88 1. Samuel Hall, J. J. Deitche, John R. Shay.
1882. Wm. B. Mount, John R. Shay, J. H. Vogel, John G.
1883. N. H. Tyrrell, F. A. Seaman.
1884. J. J. Deitche, J. G. Martin.
1885. Wm, B. Mount, John R. Shay, Wm. H. Hall.
1886. N. H. Tyrrell, F. B. Morris.
1887. J. G. Martin, J. J. Deitche.
1888. W. B. Mount, John R. Shay.W. H. Hall, A. D. Brodhead.
1889. N. H. Tyrrell, F, B. Morris.
1890. J. J. Deitche, F. A. Seaman.
1891. W. B. Mount, J. D. Shay, George Hadden.
1892. F. B. Morris, N. H. Tyrrell, F. O. Pierson.
l8 93- J- J- Deitche, F. A. Seaman, Adrian Lyon.
1894. F. O. Pierson, W. H. Hall, Henry Petty.
1895. F- B - Morris, A. Lyon.
1896. F. A. Seaman, J. J. Deitche.
1897. F- O. Pierson, H. Petty, W. H. Hall, W. James Lyle.
1898. F. B. Morris, A. Lyon, Geo. E. Hadden.
1899. Charles D. Snedeker, J.J. Deitche, Wilbur LaRoe.
1900. C. Douglas Fraser, S. E. Shull, H. Petty, W. LaRoe,
John H. Gregory.
1 901. C. D. Fraser, C. D. Snedeker.
1902. J. J. Deitche, J. H. Gregory.
THE SABBATH SCHOOL.
For many years a union school was held in the City Hall and
later in the building at the southeast corner of High and Gor-
don streets. In 1835 the Presbyterian Sabbath school was organ-
ized and services were transferred to the church building. The
superintendent was Miss Nancy Stewart, a sister-in-law of Ben-
jamin Maurice, a coal, lumber and hay dealer, and for many
years a trustee of the church. Miss Stewart died in 1845.
Another lady followed Miss Stewart in this office, Miss Harriet
Bruen, daughter of Matthias Bruen. She was afterward the
wife of Bishop Whitehouse of Illinois. This tribute has been
paid to her: "A most devoted and successful Sunday-school
teacher, winning many to the love of Jesus." In 1876 the school
numbered one hundred and fifteen scholars and fifteen officers and
The present enrollment is: Officers and teachers, 37; scholars,
437; Keasbey school officers and teachers 2, scholars, 58; total,
The superintendents have been as follows: Miss Nancy Stew-
art, Miss Harriet Bruen, Miss Eveline Brown, Richard K. Todd,
Stephen G. Woodbridge, Daniel Selover, Dr. C. H. Schaps,
Henry D. Tyrrell, Dr. Warren, D. Thomas Vernon, Henry D.
Tyrrell, Rev. Aaron Peck, Cornelius Hadden, E. W. Barnes.
CONSTITUTION ADOPTED FOR FIRST SUNDAY-SCHOOL, 1 835.
Art. 1. This school shall be known as the Sab. School of the
1 st Pres. Chh. of Perth Amboy.
Art. 2. This school shall be subject to the control of the Pas-
74 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PKRTH AMBOY.
tor and his session whose duty it shall be to make or make pro-
vision for all necessary appointments.
Art. 3. The officers shall consist of first and second superin-
tendents, librarian, secretary and treasurer who with the assist-
ance of the teachers shall manage the affairs of the school.
Art. 4. It will be expected of the teachers that they recog-
nize the system of doctrines taught in the Pres. Ch. which are
summarily expressed in the "Confession of Faith" and the
"Westminster Catechism" which we as a Ch. adopt as containing
the system of doctrines taught in the Holy Scriptures.
Art. 5. As to the exercises of the school it shall be left to the
discretion of the superintendents and teachers with the advise of
the session to adopt such as in their judgment shall be most pro-
motive of the best interests of the scholars, commencing and clos-
ing always with prayer or singing.
Very early in the history of the organization the cause of
Home Missions interested the members. The first report that is
found from this church in the Minutes of the General Assembly
shows an annual contribution of two dollars and fifty cents for
Domestic Missions. Eighty years ago on the first Sunday even-
ing of each month a prayer and praise service, a Missionary con-
cert in other words, was held and in i860 this service was
changed from Sunday to Monday evening. The following in-
teresting papers have been found.
Cash taken from Missionary Box, Monday 4 June 1827:
1 Gold piece $5-°°
Silver & cents 4.50
Perth Amboy 28 Sept. 1829. We the subscribers having
counted over the Money in the Missionary box belonging to the
Presbvterian Church of this place found it contained as follows:
Amboy B'k Note 1.00
Hoboken Manf'gCo., bad $1.00
Ten dollars 28-100 besides one dollar note Broken Bank sent
Missionary N. Jersey Society by Mr. Wilson.
No permanent organization was made, however, until 1870
when under the leadership of Mrs. Henrietta Manning, the
Womans Foreign Missionary Society was formed. Mrs. Man-
ning was the first president, Miss Virginia Griffith, secretary and
Miss Olivia Seaman treasurer. A Harriet Newell Mission Band
was at the same time organized among the young women of
the church. This society did good work for ten years when it
became only a name.
In December 1881, the ladies of the church met at the house
of Mrs. Alfred Compton for the re organization of the Missionary
Society. Mrs. Edward W. Barnes, Sr., was elected president,
Mrs. J. A. Hall, vice-president; Miss Phebe Hall, secretary and
Mrs. Sarah Mitchell, treasurer. A constitution was adopted and
the membership fee fixed at one dollar. This society was, how-
ever, devoted exclusively to home mission work as is our present
Home Missionary Society. Its meetings are held monthly, and
money and gifts have not only been made t<-> the Board of Home
Missions but to churches, schools and individuals in the West.
Many boxes of clothing have been sent to pastors in the home
The present Foreign Missionary Society was organized in 1889.
A mass meeting was held at the parsonage on May 6 for that
purpose when a constitution was adopted and the following
officers elected: President, Mrs. W. H. Hall; vice-president,
Mrs. J. H. Owens; secretary and treasurer, Oscar Arner. Among
the missionaries directly aided have been Miss McGilvray, of
Siam, and Miss Emma Morris of India. These have addressed
the society from foreign lands: Rev. Mr. Ford. Persia, Yung
Wing, Huie Kin and Rev. A. A. Fulton, China; Rev. Mr. Lopez,
Chile; Rev. T. S. Pond and J. D. Chamberlain, D. D., South
America; Miss Schenck, Persia; Misses Emma Morris and
Brown and Mrs. Rev. C. A. Janvier, India; Dr. Irwin, Korea.
Other speakers from out of town have been: Rev. Wilson
Phraner, D. D., Rev. Mr. Davis, Elliott Field, Mrs. Stevenson,
Mrs. John T. Kerr, Miss L. B. Allen, Rev. A. W.Halsey, D.D.,
and Miss Williams.
Very early in our history the ladies sought ways and means by
which they might aid in meeting the expenses of the church. In
1 Sss there was a Ladies' Association which contributed $50 for
painting the church. The present Mite Society dates from 1878.
76 PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
A meeting was held at the residence of William B. Mount on
January 3 for the purpose of effecting an organization, its object
being to "raise a parsonage fund for the Presbyterian Church,
also to promote sociability among the congregation." The rec-
ord of this first meeting is as follows:
1. It was resolved to call the society the Mite Society.
2. That the officers should consist of a president, vice-presi-
dent, secretary and treasurer.
On motion Mrs. E. R. Bulkley was elected president, Miss
Amanda Wait vice-president, Miss Bessie Wait secretary and
Mrs. William B. Mount, treasurer.
3. Further resolved that any person ma}* become a member
on the payment of twenty-five cents.
4. That a collection be taken at each meeting; no contribu-
tion to be less than five cents.
5. That a meeting be held on Tuesday evening of each week,
6. That a committee of four be appointed by the officers each
week to arrange a program for the next meeting.
7. That dancing and refreshments be prohibited.
8. That meetings be held from 7.30 until ten o'clock.
The next meeting was held at Mr. Bulkley' s residence on Jan-
uary 15, and the program included music, recitations and tab-
leaux. The report says, "the remainder of the evening was
passed in playing games and singing college songs." So popu-
lar were these socials that as many as one hundred persons have
been in attendance at one time. In three months $48 had been
collected. On May 1, an entertainment was held in the City
Hall with the following program:
Instrumental Solo Mrs. E. Mack
Chorus O Hail Us, Ye Free
Recitation F. A. Seaman
Solo Miss Julia Arnold
Instrumental Solo Miss I. L. Hall
Tableau Rivoli Queens
Recitation Miss G. P. Frazer
Solo Miss A. H. Manning
Instrumental Duett Miss and Mr. Kent
Solo Miss A. B. Manning
Instrumental Solo Miss I. L. Hall
Pantomime The Mistletoe Bough
Solo Miss Julia Arnold
Recitation Miss G. P. Frazer
Solo and Chorus Jubilate Deo
Committees on the program: Tableaux— Mrs. Bulklev, Mrs.
Mount, Miss Coutts and Mr. Raiguel.
Acting— Miss Nannie Wait, Miss Ella Kent, Mr. Thornall
and Mr. Crowell.
The net proceeds were $45.
It was soon discovered that refreshments were necessary .but at
a meeting to be held at the residence of Dr. E. B. P. Kelley, these
were restricted by vote to "cake, nuts, raisins, fruit and "lemon-
ade." The membership the first year numbered fifty-eight;
twenty-three being gentlemen. In August Capt. Cornelius White
gave the society a sailing excursion to Coney Island. This ex-
cursion was repeated the next year to Sandy Hook, but on re-
turning in the evening the party "encountered a severe wind and
rain storm and it was only through the careful seamanship of
Capt. White and his crew that they reached their homes in
At one of the annual meetings the "young folks occupied one
room in which they hugely enjoyed the game of 'Blind Man's
Buff.' ' In 1882 a fair was held in the City Hall. That year
the money of the society was changed from a parsonage to a Sab-
bath school building fund. In 1883 another fair was held and
$145 realized which amount was used in buying a carpet for the
church. Thus in various ways and in all seasons during these
twenty-five years this society has benefited the church and con-
tinues with strength unabated.
THE LADIES' AUXILIARY
Was formed in 1901 for the purpose of raising funds for the
new church. Two bazars were held at which large amounts
CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR SOCIETY.
This society is now sixteen years old, having been organized
in 1886. Its first president was John J. Deitche and secretary
Miss Meribah Roe. It began with thirteen active and three as-
sociate members. The early records have been lost but from a
topic card of 1887 we have the names of the following leaders for
the first quarter — January to April: W. Hall, Rev. J. H. Owens,
J. J. Deitche, A. D. Brodhead, E. J. Hadden, John G. Martin
and E. W. Barnes.
78 PRESBYTKRIANISM IX PERTH AMBOY.
A society among the children was organized in 1891 by Misses
Ella Lyon and Grace Thompson and Mrs. W. H. Hall. This
became moribund in 1889, but was revived in 1900 by Robert
M. Comings and is now, under the superintendency of Mrs. Adrian
Lyon and Mrs. Wilbur LaRoe, a large and busy band of Juniors.
THE BOYS' BRIGADE
is composed of members of the Sabbath School between the ages
of ten and eighteen years. It was organized November, 1900.
In the summer of 1901 it made an excursion to New York City
and Governor's Island, at which place a reception was given by
Major General John R. Brooke.
OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH, 1903.
Pastor: Harlan G. Mendenhall, D. D.
Elders: Caleb C. Piersou, treasurer; Edward W. Barnes,
Philip Gibson, Samuel E. Shull, Adrian Lyon, clerk.
Trustees: Charles D. Snedeker, president; Wilbur LaRoe,
secretary; Samuel E. Shull, treasurer; Henry Petty, John H.
Gregory, John J. Deitche, C. Douglas Fraser.
Superintendent, Edward W. Barnes, Assistant Superintendent,
Adrian Lyon, Secretary, Miss Emma Mac William; Libraiian,
Senior Department — Superintendent, Adrian Lyon; Assistant
Superintendent, Wilbur LaRoe; Secretarv, Ravmond Comings.
Teachers: Mrs. E. W. Barnes, S. E. Shull, Mrs. Dr. Tyrrell,
Miss Anna Skea, Wilbur LaRoe, Adrian Lyon, Rev. R. White,
Miss Grace Hawk, W. H. Henry, Miss Frances E. Kent.
Intermediate Department — Superintendent, John J. Deitche;
Assistant Superintendent, Edward R. Proctor; Secretary, Miss
Anna McCylmont. Teachers: Mrs. H. Petty, John Frederick-
son, Mrs. Frances J. B. Kelley, Ernest Hancock, Miss Ella Kent, E.
E. Hill, Miss L. Gillis, Mrs". Theo. Bloodgood, J. H. Gregory,
Mrs. L. Hancock, G. P. Gabriel, Charles K. Stevens, Miss
Junior Department — Superintendent, Miss Louise Ramsay; Sec-
retary, Miss Carrie Morris.
Primary Department —Superintendent, Mrs. Adele M. Steven-
son; Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. H. P. Herbert; Secretary,
Miss Ella Deitche.
Beginners' Department— Superintendent, Miss Hortense Rock;
Secretary, Miss Bessie Barnes.
Keasbey Sabbath School — Superintendent, Miss Maggie Mc-
Clymont; Secretary, Miss Rose Lewis.
LADIES' HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
President, Mrs. Adrian Lyon; Vice Presidents, Mrs. A. C.
Mount, Mrs. S. E. Shull; Secretary, Mrs. E. A. Bloodgood;
Treasurer, Mrs. James Lupton; Secretary of Literature, Mrs M
LADIES' FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
President, Miss A. E. VanNuis; Vice-Presidents, Mrs. W. H.
Hall, Mrs. E. W. Barnes; Editors Meteor, Mrs. T. C. Dillon,
Miss Louise Ramsay; Secretary, Mrs. Dr. G. W. Tyrrell; Treas-
urer, Mrs. S. Riddlestorffer; Secretary of Literature, Miss Edith
Sofield; Chairman Finance Committee, Mrs. S. Comings; Assist-
ants, Miss Grace Hawk, Mrs. W. W. Henry.
President, Mrs. Emma Compton; Vice-President, Mrs. H. P.
Halpin; Secretary, Mrs. Amelia Hadden; Treasurer, Mrs. Amelia
Mount; Work Directress, Mrs. S. Comings.
President. Mrs. E. W. Barnes; Vice-President, Mrs.S. J. Ram-
say; Secretary, Miss Emma Mac William; Treasurer, Mrs S E
Y. P. S. C. E.
President, Wilbur LaRoe; Vice-President, Adrian Lyon; Sec-
retary, C. Douglas Fraser; Corresponding Secretary, Miss
Frances E. Kent; Treasurer, Miss Laura Steele.
JUNIOR ENDEAVOR SOCIETY.
President, Walter Comings; Vice-President, Clementine Lewis;
Secretary, Wilbur LaRoe, Jr. ; Treasurer, Jetta Stacey .
Captain, John Danner.
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
Mrs. E. W. Barnes.
William W Henry, Raymond Comings, John Sofidd, Charles
Barnekov, Virgil Shull, William Graham, Charles Rossi.
NAMES OF ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH FROM ITS
Ay res, Anna
Seaman, Letitia (Thomas)
Bender, George C.
Leonard, Margaret (Battes)
Compton, Abigal (Lewis)
Maurice, Margaret (Benj.)
Ford, Margaret Mrs.
Ford, Sarah (William)
Angus, Susan R.
Ford, Samuel R.
Young, Sarah (John)
Wait, Ann (Joseph)
Wait, Elizabeth (John)
Ford, Grace (Charles)
LaTourette, Mary A.
Ay res, Thomas
LaTourette, Hannah (Daniel)
Crowell, Rebecca (David)
Dunham, Margaret (Clarkson)
Tyrrell, Esther (Elias)
Bender, Mary (John)
Teller, Fanny (Samuel)
Crawford, Clarissa (John)
Lamb, Maria A.
Freeman, Clarissa (Linus)
Noe, Elizabeth (Benjamin)
Conover, Margaret (James)
Edgar, Eliza N. (James)
Aulick, Mary F. (John H.)
Ford, Jane (Charles)
White, Elizabeth B. (Charles)
Harriot, Sarah (Samuel)
Ogden, Augustus, O. B.
White, Sarah (Cornelius)
Thornell, Benjamin S.
Thornell, Tabitha (Benj. S.)
Ogden, Mary (Oliver)
Patrick, Mary A. (John)
Butler, Ann (Jonathan)
LaTourette, Hannah (Daniel)
Johnson, Hannah (James)
Martin, Catharine (Jeremiah)
Ford, Sarah J. (Edwin)
McComb, Eliza (Joseph B. )
Vanderhoven, Maria (Elkaneh)
Wheaton, Mary A.
Shaw, Anna M_.
Bloodgood, Lydia (Abram)
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
Wood, Mary (Joseph B. )
Morehouse, Elizabeth (Ogden)
Munday, Rachel (Zadok)
Calhoun, Mary (William)
McCormick, Sarah (Patrick)
Seaman, Ann (Anthony)
Crowell, Hannah (Joseph)
VanBoekel, Harriet (A. J. )
Gilman, Elizabeth (Reynolds)
See, John D.
Ford, Mary A. (Samuel R. )
Redfield, Maria (George F. )
Hull, Eliza, (Benjamin)
Coutts, Frances (George)
Harriot, Elizabeth A.
Reader, Elizabeth (William)
Keene, Christiana (Charles)
Hilliker, Sabia ( Arnold )
Cory, Maria, Mrs.
Reader, Mary A. (Charles A.)
Woodbridge, Samuel E.
Cory, Mary M. (ReY. Benj'm)
Halsey, Elizabeth P. (ReY. Job)
Pratt, Nancy (Benjamin)
SeloYer, Elizabeth (Daniel)
SeloYer, Cornelius D.
Selover, Gertrude (Cornelius)
Hull, Rachel R.
Selover, Margaret H.
Selover, John V.
Selover, Daniel Sen'r
Woodbridge, Elizabeth G.
Martin, Mercy (Kemble)
Vanderhoven, Jane A.
Cossit, Parmelia M.
Selover, Elizabeth ( Daniel )
Todd, Richard K.
Selover, Peter V.
Selover, James D.
Selover, Catharine E. (Jas. D. )
Larkin, Sally, Mrs.
Lewis, Margaret A. (Jacob)
Andrews, Solomon, Dr.
Andrews, Harriet (Solomon)
Maurice, Cornelia F. (Chas. )
Maurice, Charles F.
Hadden, Sarah (Jacob)
Johnson, Rizpeh (Franklin)
English, Nancy (James)
Tyrrell, Rebecca, Mrs.
Vanderbilt, Mary, Mrs.
Wait, Jane (David T.)
Rail, Mary J. (Albert)
Westervelt, Mary J. (Daniel)
Sneath, Eleanor (John H.)
Sofield, Mrs. (Runyon)
Woodbridge, Stephen G.
Manderville, Mrs. Benoni
Martin, Ann E. (Ephraim)
Tyrrell, Mary E. (Nathan)
Johnson, Sally (Joel)
McLaughlin, Julia D., Mrs.
Coon, Martha, Mrs.
Tyrrell, Henry D.
Tyrrell, Sarah (Henry D. )
Laforge. Catharine (Wm.)
Halsey, Mrs. (Rev. Luther)
Gulick, Luther H.
Morse, Dr. Lucius D.
Morse, R. I. (Lucius D.)
Tyrrell, Nancy (Rufus)
Seguine, Harriet (James)
Shotwell, Wm. B.
Schaps, Dr. C. H.
Schaps, Jane S.
Martin, Luther J.
Bloodgood, Doziah (William)
Raymond, Amaranth H. (I.)
Annin, John A.
Woodbridge, Sarah (Steph. G. )
Raymond, Fanny, Mrs.
Gibson, Marv (James)
See, John D."
See, Susan (John D. )
See, Anna Maria
Snedeker, Mary Jane
Larken, Lydia, Mrs.
See, Thomas G.
Masker, Phebe (Aaron)
Bird, Mary Ann (Charles)
Arburthnot, Jane A. (Steph.)
Hart, Catharine R. (Henry J. )
Goodman, Martha A. (Geo. W. )
Ford, Margaret J.
Selover, Mary H.
Jacobie, Mary (John)
Pierson, Caleb C.
Pierson, Dellah (Caleb C. )
Selover, Gertrude G. (Dan'll.)
PRESBYTERIANISM IN l'KRTII AMBOY.
I 85 I
White, Sarah (Cornelius)
Noe, Harriet, (Marsh)
Hall, Mary (Edward)
Wait, Emma (James)
Adams, Emily C. (John)
Bradner, Mary J.
Brown, Mary L.
Brown, Hannah M.
Mathews, I. H., Mrs.
Compton, Emma (Alfred)
Brown, Isaac M.
Wheeler, Horatio T.
Woodbridge, Mary (Sam'l E. )
Boeram, Abigail A. (James)
Selover, Cornelia G.
Measker, Joanna M.
Davidson, Adelia S. (John)
Bloodgood, Catharine (Wm. )
Bonham, Mary L,. C. (Lucius)
Freeman, Susan (Robert)
Hadden, Mary B.
Martin, Sarah A. (Moses)
Wait, Mary Amanda
Cory, Julia M.
Cory, Jane W.
Cory, Mary E.
Woglom, Margaret (Israel)
Selover, Isaac K.
Selover, Margaret A.
Selover, David V.
Selover, Harriet A. (David V.)
Selover, Benjamin C.
Seaman, Mary E.
Ford, Eliza H.
Ford, Sarah F.
Selover, William U.
Masker, William A.
Johnson, Alida (Edgar)
Tryner, Geo. F.
Hall, Charlotte ( William )
Still well, Hannah E.
Bloodgood, Lydia (Abram)
Wilson, Jane F. (Dawson)
Robinson, James C.
Robinson, Susan (J as. C. )
Robinson, Eleanor H.
Robinson, Harriet K.
Crowell, Sarah E. (Edward)
Hoey, Mary (John)
Rhinehart, Eliza (Abraham)
Jacobie, Mary (John)
Adams, Elizabeth M.
Adams, Emily V.
Rnss, Sarah M. (George)
White, Mary (Cornelius)
Ford, Sarah R.
Hadden, Mary E. (Cornelius)
Beauer, Dorothy ( Christian )
Tyrrell, Margaret (Elias)
Robinson, Charles M.
Selover, David V.
Lyon, Margaret E. (Jacob)
Selover, James D.
Selover, Catharine (Jas. D. )
Selover, Mary H.
Wallace, Mary S. (Rev. C. C. ]
Selover, Gertrude E.
Davidson, Martha (James)
Page, Jane H. (Thomas D. )
Stevens, John W.
Stevens, Mary A. (John W. )
Weston, Elizabeth C. (E. C. )
Russ, Joseph C.
Gibson, Mary E.
Gibson, James F.
Gibson, Sarah A.
Palmer, Joseph W.
Palmer, Nancy (Joseph W.)
Coutts, Jeannie Amelia
Hunter, Carrie M. (Charles)
Hart, Henrv J.
Hall, Ella j'ane
Myers, William D.
Chester, Edwin S.
Mowry, Bernard, R. O.
Laforge, Sarah A.
Kline, Henrietta A. (Myndart)
Russ, George H.
Woodbridge, Mary E.
Harned, Isaac S.
Laforge, Nathaniel T.
Bashford, Sarah (David)
Harris, Thompson S.
Ray, Elizabeth S. (William)
Crowell, Sarah Frances
Hall, Agnes Adelia
Willis, Zibiah H.
Garretson, Cornelia D.
Kingsbury, Mary A.
Hull, Sarah M.
Barnes, Elizabeth W. (J. E. )
Hurlburt, Catharine R.
McCrea, James A.
Woodbridge, Samuel E.
Woodbridge, Luther D.
Barnes, Edward W.
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
Hunter, Mary I.
Elliott, Walter E.
Kent, Mary E. (Oscar)
Williams, M. L. (Joseph)
Pugsley, Henry D.
Burns, Margaret G. (Joseph)
Tice, Mary A. (G. H.)
Tyrrell, Eeah A.
Tyrrell, Moses H.
Barnes, D. D., Rev. Stephen G.
Hadden, Amelia D. (Cornelius)
Burns, James W.
Mount, Amelia C. (W. B. )
Peck, Julia (Rev. Aaron)
Selover, Ann (A. M. K. )
Smith, Ellen M.
Shay, Elizabeth (John)
Coddington, William R.
Coddington, Emma F.
Smith, M. D., Samuel St. J.
Harned, Ann (Isaac)
Walters, Charles L,'
Manning, Annie C.
Stevenson, Adele E. (Rev. D.)
Bent, W. C.
Davidson, Alice (James)
Sharrot, Mary A.
Cramer, Herman V.
Baldwin, H. (Robert)
Whittle, Alfred E.
Hughes, Rachel F.
Hall, Julia A. (Samuel)
Rhodes, Hattie F. (G. N. )
Whittle, Sarah (A. E.)
McQueen, Mary H.
Tice, George H.
Boswell, Mary S. (N. L. )
Morris, Eydia J. (John)
Wait, Annie F.
Crowell, Edith B.
Tracy, Mary W. (Andrew)
Seaman, Frederick A.
Seaman, Anna M. (F. A. )
Dayton, Mary E. (Herbert)
Hall, William H.
Shipman, Ann E.
Kent, Fannie E.
Kent, Mary Ella
Garrison, Ida L.
Pape, Josephine (Henry)
Crowell, AdeliaH. (James)
Thompson, Caroline B. (John )
Kelley, F. J. B. (Dr. E. B. P.)
Barnes, Idelette (E. W.)
Slaght, Sarah (W. A.)
Bnlkley, Sylvania (E. J.)
Greacen, Hester A.
Hall, Mary A.
Van Home, Elizabeth J.
Thornall, Isabella S.
Best, Mary E.
Young, Mrs. Mary E. (S.C.
Rathbun, Sarah M. (J. G. )
Martin, Elvira J.
Cline, Eva K.
Aeken, Crowell L.
Hadden, Edward J.
Mitchell, Sarah B.
Mitchell, Bertha M.
Watson, Georgia (John)
Shay, Ira D.
Moessner, George V.
Deitche, John J.
Deitche, Bella H.
Apgar, David K.
Apgar, Anna M.
Apgar, Theodore R.
Apgar, Melvina A.
Moessner, Louisa K.
Brodhead, Andrew D.
Brown, Lulu E.
Dunne, Jean M.
Mills, George E.
Ferguson, Eliza B. (J. M.)
Tyrrell, Mary E. (J. C. )
Johnson, Alice A.
Wait, Bessie H.
Govern, Eliza B. (J. M.)
Boswell, Elizabeth (H. L. )
Leaser, Man- J.
Barnes, Henry R.
Manning, Jennie F.
Arnold, Annie E.
Afflerbach, Emma P. (Jos.)
Coleman, Josephine W.
Brodhead, Margaret L.
Vogel, John H.
Vogel, Anna M.
Bain, Mary J. (Hugh L. )
Martin, Mary E.
Sanford, Jerusha ( Elam )
Rathbun, John G.
Bentley, Frances I. (W. B. )
Carr, Emilv P.
Thoden, Julia S.
Compton, Emma (J. L. )
Peters, Samuel K.
Hadden, Nellie C.
Druckenmiller, Franklin L.
Druckenmiller. Anna N.
Peters, Helen E.
Hance, Joseph S.
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AM BOY.
Ramsay, Sarah J.
Crowell, Eunice E.( Alfred)
Harris, Sarah E. (Rev. Oscar)
Hall, Phebe P.
Thomas, Sarah K.
Thompson, Grace E.
Truax, Mary E. (Rev. W.
Welles, Mary E.
Dunning, Ellen M.
Barnes, James W.
Morrison, Ellen J.
Henderson, Mrs. J.
Coons, Hannah B.
Williamson, Anna J.
Mac William, Ann
Chandler, S. F.
Mac William, John
Savage, Letitia W.
Gray, Mary (William)
McConnell, Louise J.
Morris, Frank B.
Miller, Mary (Joseph)
Mertz, Ella (Theodore)
Craswell, Amelia M.
Hill, Nellie C. (E. E.)
Sofield, Alice E.
Mac William, Eliza B.
Smith, Clarinda C.
Thornall, Jennie (William)
Transue, Martha (Silas)
English, Agnes A.
Hall, Lizzie P. (Chas. H.)
Roe, Meribah R.
Mount, William B.
Hall, Amelia A.
Hall, Cora P.
Hadden, Addie (Geo.E.)
Petty, Mary A. (Henry)
Van horn, John
Satter, Hans P.
Crisman, Ella G.
Tyrrell, Nathaniel H.
Tyrrell, Mary A. (N. H. )
Palmer, Nettie L.
Stacey, Jennie E. ( W. T. )
Ford, Mary E.
Jones, Edith (Charles)
Kinney, Mary B. (C. W.)
Monroe, Mathilda E.
Everett, Caddie D. (Dr. S. R. )
Gregory, John H.
Gregory, Ella A.
Mac William, Mary Emma
Comings, Ella C.
Comings, Robert M.
Fraser, Susan (William)
Knudson, Mary W. (John)
Lvon, Ella S.
Marbach, Maggie L. (John)
Will, Jennie F. (Otto)
Hohnquist, B. B. V.
Buhrer, Mary A.
Fraser, Anna C.
Frandsen, Joanna K.
Ryder, Inez E. (Daniel)
Walters, Alice M.
Sofield, Laura A. (John)
Henry, Emily A. (W. W.)
Comings, Sarah (George)
Slaght, William R.
Douglass, Jessie (Frank)
Satter, Christina (Hans P. )
Burns, Tillie A. (Joseph G. )
Sellect, Ethelbert H.
Henry, John A.
Hall, Ada (William H. )
Curl, Nellie M.
Buel, Walter F.
Fraser, C. Douglas
Hahn, William H.
Martin, Jacob L.
Lacey, George H.
Lacey, Mary W.
Woglom, Laura A.
Field, Rose (T. U.)
Ramsay, Isabelle L.
Johnson, Johanna (John)
Johnson, Emma L.
Hadden, George E.
Talbot, Charles H.
Gabriel, George P.
McComb, Mary C. (William)
Becker, Henry E.
Sortore, Fred J.
Martin, Joseph J.
Hoagland, Louis M.
Brose, Anthony F.
Clark, Sallie F.
Fetter, Margaret C.
Grimstead, Edna B.
Phillips, Maggie E. (J. C.)
Pape, Augusta (Ernest)
McGregor, Margaret E.
Rauch, James M.
Farrington, Augusta M
Fredericksen , John
, Oliver W.
Fredericksen, John Jr.
Tyrrell, Van vert H.
Mac William, Charles M
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
Wait, Mary E.
Lewis, Mattie W. (Cicero)
Fan\ Hattie (A.G.)
Johnson, Agnes Stella
Hughes, Daisy E- (Lambert)
Fraser, Edwin G.
Comings, Worthington G.
Rudder, Ida M.
Owens, John C. B.
Henry, William W.
Hoagland, George K.
Neer, Eva Belle (Frank)
Lyle, William J.
Everett, Stacey R.
Gray, William G.
Gardell, John M.
Acken, Crowell L.
Acken, Mary E.
Halpin, Hattie P. (John)
Rick, E. W.
Waters, Christina C.
Walters, Carl Louis
Richters, Georgiana G.
Conard, Elsie (Harry)
Oberholtzer, Henry L-
Rice, Jeannette L. (Rev. W.A.
Brown, Evelyn C.
Snyder, A. F.
VanNuis, Amanda E.
Parsons, Lucy A.
Proctor, Edward R.
Christiansen, Matthias C.
Rick wood, William
Rick wood, Elizabeth
Porter, Chastina A.
Duryea, Daisy P.
Brown, Nina M.
Mullen, Anna R. (A. W. )
David, Charles W.
Herrmann, Helen (F. R.)
Graham, Bessie M. (Wm.)
Sofield, Agnes B.
Sofield, Edith L.
Quick, Bertha L-
Trafton, Alberta M. (George)
Rodecker, Mary M.
Woodcock, Julia S. (Geo.)
Dillon, Henry A.
Gillis, Laura A.
Brown, Sarah (John)
Laing, Annie M.
Hamed, Margaret (C. W.)
Taylor, Joseph F.
Skillman, John C.
Skillman, Mary H.
Caldicott, George E.
) Kiehl, Eliza
Fraser, Mary A.
Hall, Lillian E. (Brewer)
Proctor, Carlton W.
Mc Murray, William J.
Fraser, Hattie L.
Dunn, Joanna M.
Herrman, Frederick R.
Smith, Bella G. (H. Q.)
VanDusen, vSarah O. (Chas. )
Campbell, William M.
VanDyke, Mary S. (Rev. G.B
Fritts, Annie M.
Hall, Cora P.
Wait, Amanda M.
Sortore, EmmaL. (Fred)
Llewellyn Jeanette ( Wm. )
Hesser, Charles H.
Hesser, A. B.
Hughes, Margaret H.
Lupton James W.
Lupton, Laura R.
Field, Thomas U.
Hall, William G.
Snedeker, Charles D.
Meshrow, Alice ( W. H. )
Stevenson, Frank G.
Stevenson, Mary A.
McMurray, Maria G. (W. J.)
VanHouten, Aletta L.
VanHouten, Fred S.
Ramsay, M. D., William A.
Laing, Rachel (Reuben)
Laing, Raymond M.
Tyrrell, Rose N. (Dr. George)
Lyon, Cornelia P. (Adrian)
Shull, Samuel E.
Shull, Laura C.
VanHouten, Emma J.
VanHouten, Marv L-
Stirling, J. L. (C. B. )
Shirley, Sarah E. (D. A.)
Klipp, Magdalene (George)
x Klipp, Lilly M.
Hoagland, Charles P.
Gibson, Elizabeth G.
Henricksen, Albert T.
Snyder, Phebe A. (A. T. )
Stemetz, Carrie C.
Lyle, William J.
Lyle, Emma S.
Shirley, Samuel A.
Bloodgood, Erne A. (Theodore)
Brainard, Adeline (William A.)
Crouse, Laura (Ira R.)
Starr, Mary L. F.
Rue, Jane S.
Enbody, Sadie C. (Harry S.)
Martin, William H.
Martin, Marv G.
Bechtel, Martha (R. G.)
Tappen, Nettie O. (A. J.)
Stevens, Charles K.
Stevens, Jessie M.
Fredericksen, Anna E. (Peter)
Hornbeck, Mary E.
Fredericksen, Juliet E. (John)
Jensen, M. J.
Hancock, Lewellvn Ernest H.
PRESBYTERIANISM IN PERTH AMBOY.
Fraser. Margaret (C. Douglas)
Stevenson, Adele M. (Mrs. Rev.)
Frost, Mabel E. (Robert E.)
Kirk wood, Harry J.
Proctor, Edward R.
Lydiard, Wilhelmina (E. L. )
Comings, Robert M.
Deitche, Ella M.
Crowell, Edith H.
Hoppock, Minnie S. (Peter A.)
Kleinhans, Edgar H.
Ramsay, Ella F.
Stacey, Edith E.
Comings, Walter W.
Comings, Harry Everett
Compton, Lola B.
Barnes, Bessie L.
Olsen, Peder, Jr.
Thornall, Isabel S.
Straub, Bertha (Lee)
Richard, Bella (Fred)
Hill, Ernest Edward
fanning, Raymond V.
LaRoe, Wilbur, Jr.
Smith John A.
Young, Alvah C.
Straub, C. Dee
Barnekov, Charles W.
Barnes, Edward H.
Hadden, Amelia D. (Cornelius)
Riddlestorffer, Lillie May
Cranston, Irving L.
Cranston, Anna E.
Lewis, Rose E.
Murdoch, Mrs. G.
Stafford, Helen (Dr. James)
Metz, Catharine M.
Hancock, Ruth W.
Hansen, Christian C.
Hansen, Hans M. K.
Hansen, Mary E.
Osman, William F.
Torberg, Howard N.
Hoffman, Minnie B.
Binder, Harry J.
Osman, Laura (W. F. )
Smith, Catharine (HansS.)
Peets, Harry G.
Petersen, Andrew G.
Petersen, John G.
Page 72. — H. V. Cramer for H. V. Creemer.
Alfred E. Whittle for Alfred Wipple.
Page 73— J- R- Shay for J. D. Shay.
Page 75. — Mrs. Elizabeth W. Barnes for Mrs. Edward W.
Page 83. — Pierson, Delilah for Pierson, Dellah (1850)
Page 86.— Add (George A.) to Shipman, Ann E. (1874)
PROGRAM FOR THE FEAST OF DEDICATION
a n d
ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Held January 25 to February i f 1903
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25.
10.30 A. M.
H)e5ication of Cburcb.
Invocation and Lord's Prayer
Pastor — The Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him.
People— From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord's name is
to be praised.
Pastor Return, O Lord, how long? And let it repent Thee, concerning Thy servants.
People — O satisfy us early with Thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our
Pastor — Make us glad according to the days wherein Thou hast afflicted us, and the
years wherein we have seen evil.
People — Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children.
Pastor — And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and establish the work of
our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it.
Pastor and People -Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be ac-
ceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Hymn— Tune "Old Hundred"
All the people that on earth do dwell, Oh, enter then His gates with praise,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice. Approach with joy His courts unto;
Him serve with mirth, His praise forth Praise, laud, and bless His name always,
tell, For it is seemly so to do.
Come ye before Him and rejoice
Know that the Lord is God indeed; Because the Lord our God is good,
Without our aid He did us make; His mercy is forever sure;
We are His flock, He doth us feed, His truth at all times firmly stood,
And for His sheep He doth us take And shall from age to age endure
Scripture Reading— i Kings, 8: 12-30; 9: 1-3; Rev. Robert White
Anthem Te Deum
Prayer- Rev. A. W. Sproull, D.D.
Anthem—" I Have Surely Built Thee an House "
Announcements and Offerings
Hymn — Tune Xast Hope
Lord of hosts, to Thee we raise Here to Thee a temple stand
Here a house of prayer and praise; While the sea shall gird the land;
Thou Thy people's hearts prepare Here reveal Thy mercy sure
Here to meet for praise and prayer. While the sun and moon endure.
Hallelujah ! earth and sky
To the joyful sound reply;
Hallelujah ! hence ascend
Prayer and praise till time shall end.
Sermon of Dedication
Rev. Henry Collin Minton, D. D., LL. D.,
Pastor First Presbyterian Church, Trenton, N J
Hymn — Tune "Cooling"
Dear Shepherd of thy people here! The feeling heart, the melting eye,
Thy presence now display; The humble mind bestow;
As Thou hast given a place for prayer And shine upon us Irom on high,
So give us hearts to pray To make our graces grow
Within these walls let holy peace May we in faith receive the word
And love and concord dwell; In faith present our prayers;
Here give the troubled conscience ease, And in the presence of our Lord
The wounded spirit heal Unbosom all our cares.
Report of Building Fund— Prof. S. E. Shull,
Presentation of Keys — Mr. John H. Gregory,
Chairman Building Committee
Presentation of Gifts - Mr. John J. Deitche
Presentation of Memorials — Mr. C. Douglas Fraser
Acceptance of Keys, Gifts and Memorials — Mr. Chas. D. Snedeker,
President of Board of Trustees
Pastor Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool:
where is the house that ye build unto me ?
People Who am I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice
before him ?
Pastor Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it
People • We are laborers together with God
Pastor But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willing
ly after this sort?
People For all things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee
PASTOR — This is the word of the Lord unto Zerrubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by
power, but by my Spirit.
People— The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall
also finish it.
Pastor The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord
People — And in this place will I givt peace, saith the Lord of Hosts.
Pastor— Hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling-place and forgive and do, and render unto
every man according to all his ways, whose heart Thou knowest
People — Moreover, concerning the stranger, that is not of Thy people Israel, when he
shall come and pray towards this house, hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling-place,
and do according to all that the stranger calleth to Thee for
Pastor - Arise, O Lord, into Thy rest; thou and the ark of Thy strength.
People Let Thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let Thy saints shout for joy.
Pastor Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children
People And establish Thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands
establish Thou it.
Pastor — That all the peoples of the earth may know Thy name, to fear Thee, and that
they may know that this house which we have built is called by Thy Name
Pastor and People — To God, the Father, to Jesus Christ, His Son, Our Saviour, and to
the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH.
Pastor — For the worship of God, the confession of sin, and prayer for pardoning grace;
for the proclamation of the Glad Tidings of Salvation in Christ Jesus, for instruction
in the Holy Scriptures, for the administration of the ordinances of Baptism and
of the Lord's Supper, and for the ingathering of souls into the communion of God's
People— WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH.
Pastor — For the guiding of the young into the ways of holiness, for the strengthening of
the weak, for the comforting of the mourners, for the uplifting of those who are
bowed down, for the Christian observance of the Lord's Day. tor the development of
the missionary spirit, for the giving of our substance as God prospers us. for the in
culcation of the principles of patriotism, and of truth, and of righteousness,
People— WE DEDICATE THIS CHURCH.
Pastor — For our use and the use of generations to come in all ways that shall contribute
to the glory of God and the salvation of man,
Pastor and People— WE DEDICATE THE CHURCH.
Declaration — By Pastor and People
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, to Thee, the only living and true
God, we now solemnly dedicate this building erected under Thy gracious
guidance. We dedicate it to Thee for Thy most holy worship, for the serv-
ices of Thy blessed Son, and for the proclamation of His glorious gospel of
the Kingdom of Truth We dedicate it to Thee that by Thee it may be
owned and honored in fulfilling Thy people's prayer that Thy kingdom come,
and Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven For Thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory forever Amen.
Prayer of Dedication Rev. Robert F. Sample, D. D,
Hymn — Tune "Hebron"
O God the father, Christ the Son, May Jesus here that power display
And Holy Spirit, Three in One, Which changes darkness into day,
Accept this gift our hearts have sought, Ami open wide those yates of love
Our hands in Christian love have That lead to blessedness above,
Here may the light of gospel truth O Jesus Christ, our sovereign Lord,
Illumine age enlighten youth; By angels and by saints adored,
In many hearts that grace begin, Accept this tribute of our praise
Which saves from sorrow and trom sin. And with Thy glory rill this place.
AT 3 O'CLOCK.
Mr. Edward W. Barnes,
Superintendent of the Sunday School, presiding
Singing - "Onward, Christian Soldiers"
Scripture Reading — John J. Deitche
Singing — "Come, Thou Almighty King"
Prayer — Adrian Lyon
Singing — "Trust and Obey"
Singing — "Encamped Along the Hills"
Address — "The Power of Small Things" General O. O. Howard
Singing — "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name"
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AT 7 30 O'CLOCK.
Anthem — "Praise the Lord, O My Soul."
The united choirs of the Baptist, Methodist and Presby-
Hymn 129— "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord"
Prayer — Rev. Edward B. French
Solo— "Open the Gates of the Temple," Mr. F. R. Conklin
Hymn 130 — "The Church's One Foundation"
Greetings From Our Sister Churches —
Simpson M. E. Church, Rev. S. Trevena Jackson, Ph. D.
Baptist Church, Rev. Percy R. Ferris
Solo — "Hear My Prayer," Mrs. R. W. Macan
Greetings from Our Sister Churches —
Danish M. E. Church, Rev. Andrew Hansen
Swedish Congregational Church, Rev. Theodore Englund
Hymn 131 — "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken"
Greetings from tbe presbpten? of Elisabeth.
MONDAY, JANUARY 26.
AT 7.45 P. M.
Hymn 144 — "How Beauteous are the Feet"
Scripture Reading and Prayer — Rev. I. A. Blauvelt, D.D., Roselle
Anthem — Church Choir
Rev. John T. Reeve, Basking Ridge, Moderator of Presbytery
Rev. Joseph M. McNulty, D. D., Woodbridge
Rev. James G. Mason, D.D., Metuchen
Hymn 170 — "O Still in Accents Sweet and Strong"
Rev, Eben B. Cobb, D.D., Elizabeth
Rev. George H. Payson, D.D., Rahway
Rev. George F. Greene, D.D., Cranford
Hymn 145 — "Soldiers of Christ Arise"
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 27.
AT 3.30 P. M.
Devotional Services — Conducted by Mrs. J. H. Owens
Duet — Mrs. Wilbur LaRoe and Mrs. James Chalmers
Address — "Home Missions," Miss Julia Fraser
Address — "Foreign Missions," Mrs. Wellington White
Vocal Solo — "O Love Divine," Holden
Mrs. WiLBUk LaRoe
AT 7.45 O'CLOCK.
Anthem — "The Lord is My Shepherd" . . . Schubert
Hymn 191 — "Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun"
Prayer — Rev. George Buckle, Elizabeth
Anthem -"Hark, Hark My Soul," Smart
Offerings for Missions
Hymn 366 — "God Bless Our Native Land"
Address — "Mormonism," Rev. S. E. Wishard, D. D., Utah
Anthem — "Evening Peace," .... A.bt
Address — "Foreign Missions," Mr. David McConaughy,
New York City
Hymn 185 — "From Greenland's Icy Mountains"
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©ur ipouna people.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28.
AT 7.30 P. M.
President Christian Endeavor Society, presiding
A Song Service for 15 Minutes
Hymn -"Countless Mercies," Choir
Hymn 9 — "Open Wide the Door"
Prayer— Rev. R. J. Dick, South Amboy
Vocal Solo — "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say," . . Rathbun
Mrs Wilbur LaRoe
Hymn 75— "When the King Shall Come"
Address— Rev. Wayland Hoyt, D.D., Philadelphia.
Hymn 112 — "Loyalty to Christ"
Evangelism ai^ tbe press.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29.
AT 7.4-5 P. M.
Hymn I7J — "Work for the Night is Coming"
Scripture Reading and Prayer — Rev. S. H. Thompson, D.D., Red Bank
Anthem — "It is a Good Thing to Give Thanks"
Address — "The Religious Press," Rev. John Bancroft Devins, D.D.,
New York City
Hymn 368— "My Country 'Tis of Thee"
Address — "Evangelical Work," Rev. John F. Carson, D.D., Brooklyn
Hymn 247 - "Am I a Soldier of the Cross"
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 30.
AT 3.30 P M.
Hymn 264— "The Lord's My Shepherd"
Reading 90th Psalm in Concert
Prayer — Elder Caleb C. Pierson,
A member of this church for fifty three years and an elder for forty -seven years
Address of Welcome — Elder Edward W. Barnes
Hymn 271 — "How Firm a Foundation"
Addresses from Former Elders and Trustees
Hymn 279— "God is the Refuge of His Saints"
AT 7.45 O'CLOCK.
Organ — George O. Martine, Nyack
Hymn 195— "Blest Be the Tie that Binds"
Scripture Reading — Rev. J. H. Owens
Prayer — Rev. James A. Little, D. D.
Singing — "The Recessional," Male Quartette
Rev. W. W. Conner, Belleville
Great grandson- in-law of Peter Stryker, pastor 1809
Rev. James A. Little, D. D., Hokendauqua, Pa.
Pastor 1864— 1868
Rev. James H. Owens, Paterson
Pastor 1886 1894
Anthem — "Trust in the Lord," Male Quartette
Rev. George B. Van Dyke, Lowville, N. Y.
Pastor 1894 — 1898
Rev. W. A. Rice, D. D., New York City
Rev. Henry Ketcham, Westfield
Singing — "Auld Lang Syne," Male Quartette
Response to Greetings — Elder Adrian Lyon.
Hymn 370— "God Be with You till We Meet Again"
Our other guests will be . .
Mrs. Alfred Whitman
granddaughter of Rev J. B. Andrews, M D , pastor 1816 — 1822
Mrs. I. C. Kiggins, Elizabeth
daughter of Rev. Benjamin Cory, pastor 1835 — 1860
Mrs. Julia Peck and Miss Peck
widow and daughter of Rev Aaron Peck, pastor 1869 — 1877
Mrs. Adele M. Stevenson
widow Rev David Stevenson, D D., pastor 1880 — 1884
Letters of Greeting from
Rev. J. A. Riggs, D. D., East Orange
grandson of Rev. Elias Riggs, the first minister.
Mrs. Mary B. Wallace
widow of Rev. C C Wallace, U D., pastor i860 — 1863
Rev. Norman W. Cary
Rev. S. C. Hay, Woodstock, 111.
Rev. Stephen G. Barnes, D. D.
Miss Emma Morris